I am a Christian

“It is not that I want merely to be called a Christian, but to actually be one. Yes, if I prove to be one, then I can have the name.”

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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“When you are ascending Golgotha, it is impossible not to fall. The cross is heavy: many times you will fall to your knees. But why do you listen to the tempter? In the end, he will be defeated.”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“When your mind isn’t distracted by worldly things and is united to God, then the ‘Good morning’ you say will be like giving a blessing.”

Mother Gavrilia

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“If you are risen with Christ, then seek the things that are above, where He is sitting at the right hand of God the Father.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“Let us make a vow that from this day, from this hour, from this minute we shall strive to love God above all else and to fulfill His Holy Will!”

Saint Herman of Alaska

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“I am a Christian. He who answers thus has declared everything at once – his country, profession, family; the believer belongs to no city on Earth but to the Heavenly Jerusalem.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Life without Christ is not life. That’s just the way it is… If you don’t see Christ in everything you do, you are without Christ.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“Acquiring the Spirit of God is the true aim of our Christian life, while Prayer, fasting, almsgiving and other good works done for Christ’s sake are merely means for acquiring the Spirit of God.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“Not only did the Lord ask us to refrain from injustice, but He also calls us to active goodness. Not merely ‘do not hate’, but rather, ‘love’.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Life of the Soul is union with God, as life of the body is union with the Soul.”

Saint Gregory Palamas

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“Every success in anything, we should refer to the Lord and with the Prophet saying, ‘Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to Your Name give Glory.’ (Psalm 1113:9).”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“When someone opens your heart, I’d like him to find nothing there but Christ.”

Saint Amphilochios of Patmos

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“There is no one richer than the man who always bears Christ and His Grace in his heart.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“If you are Risen with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is sitting at the Right Hand of God.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“A Christian must be courteous to all. His words and deeds should breathe with the Grace of the Holy Spirit, which abides in his Soul, so that in this way he might Glorify the Name of God.”

Saint Nektarios of Aegina

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“He who carries God in his heart, bears Heaven with him wherever he goes.”

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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“Just as the Blessings of God are unutterably great, so their acquisition requires much hardship and toil undertaken with hope and faith.”

Saint Macarius the Great

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“Those who wish to please God go through many sorrows.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“Give up everything for Christ; do not give up Christ for anything!”

Saint Justin Popovich

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“Bear in your heart continually the words “Christ is Love” and endeavour to love all.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“About the good deed, which you wish to do, do not say anything at all – fullfil it without first having divulged it.”

Saint Anthony the Great

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“True perfection consists in having but one fear: the fear of losing God’s friendship!”

Saint Gregory of Nyssa

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“The righteous man is always pushed to the worst place and treated unjustly. But the more that people push him down, the more that God raises him up, just like a cork in water… the harder you push it down, the faster the water brings it up!”

Saint Paisios the Athonite

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“Lord, grant me the grace to always have You in me, and not a minute to be without You.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“The whole Earth is but a waiting room for Eternity. Are we doing what we should at every moment of our life? Do we love according to the Commandments of God? Do we follow the example of Christ?… We must think always, ‘How would I behave if Christ were here, visible, near us, everywhere and at all times?’ This should be the way of our life.”

Mother Gavrilia

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“Two factors are involved in man’s Salvation: the Grace of God and the will of man. Both must work together, if Salvation is to be attained.”

Saint Nektarios of Aegina

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“The true aim of our Christian life consists in the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“When you look upon the Icon of the Mother of God, with her Eternal Infant, marvel how most truly the Godhead was united with human nature, glorify the goodness and omnipotence of God, and, recognising your own dignity as man, live worthily of the high calling to which you are called in Christ – that is, the calling of a child of God and an heir to eternal bliss.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Christians, instead of arming yourselves with swords, extend your hands in Prayer.”

Saint Athanasius the Great

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“Those who profess to be Christ’s will be recognised by their actions. For what matters is not a momentary act of professing, but being persistently motivated by Faith.”

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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“Living a chaste Christian life is sometimes more difficult than suffering a Martyr’s death.”

Saint Mark the Ascetic

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“Labor is for the body; humility for the Soul. And both of them together; labor and humility, for the whole person.”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“Believe in the Light, that you may be the sons of Light. The Christian worldview is based on a bright outlook on life. Christianity is a life-affirming religion that calls people to light and perfection.”

Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Simferopel

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“A Christian should not know a single enemy in the world, even if the world did not give him a single friend.”

Saint Philaret of Moscow

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“The Lord commands not to keep silent when Faith is in danger. When it comes to Faith no one can say: ‘And who am I to say?’… Alas the stones cry, and you are silent and remain careless!”

Saint Theodore the Studite

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“What the Soul is in the body, let Christians be in the world.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Be a help to your friends, kind to the ones with whom you live, gentle to your servant, patient with those who are troublesome, loving towards the lowly, comforting those in trouble, visiting those in affliction, never despising anyone, gracious in friendship, cheerful in answering others, courteous, approachable to everyone, never speaking your own praises, nor getting others to speak of them, never taking part in unbecoming conversations, and concealing where you may whatever gifts you possess.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“A Christian is an imitator of Christ in thought, word and deed.”

Saint John Climacus

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“The Lord chose the Apostles, that they should be with Him, and that He might send them forth to preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to cast out devils. Every Christian is chosen – chosen for similar deeds, namely: to be with the Lord, through unceasing remembrance of Him and awareness of His Omnipresence, through the preaching and fulfilment of His Commandments, and through a readiness to confess one’s faith in Him. In those circles where such a confession is made, it is a loud sermon for all to hear. Every Christian has the power to heal infirmities – not of others, but his own, and not of the body, but of the Soul – that is, sins and sinful habits – and to cast out devils, rejecting evil thoughts sown by them, and extinguishing the excitement of passions enflamed by them.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“You will lose nothing of what you have renounced for the Lord’s sake. For in its own time it will return to you greatly multiplied.”

Saint Mark the Ascetic

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“There is nothing better than peace in Christ, for it brings victory over all the evil spirits on Earth and in the air. When peace dwells in a man’s heart it enables him to contemplate the Grace of the Holy Spirit from within. He who dwells in peace collects Spiritual gifts as it were with a scoop, and he sheds the light of knowledge on others. All our thoughts, all our desires, all our efforts, all our actions should make us say constantly with the Church: ‘O Lord, give us peace!’ When a man lives in peace, God reveals Mysteries to him…”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“If you are a friend of Christ you should have as friends persons who are of benefit to you and contribute to your way of life. Let your friends be men of peace, Spiritual brethren, Holy Fathers. It is of such that our Lord was speaking when He said: ‘My mother and brethren are those who do the Will of My Father Who is in Heaven.’ (Matthew 12:49-50).

Saint Theodoros the Great Ascetic

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“The Soul of a Christian must be purer than the rays of the sun.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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