Life

“Let your room be like a small Church with Icons, which you like, and you will see: you will always find consolation there.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“God in His goodness has arranged things perfectly, so that with our gifts, we can help each other, and with our faults, we can be humbled by each other. For every person has some gifts; but everyone also has some faults which one must struggle to overcome.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“Even a whisper of the Divine is Glory beyond compare to all the content of a life lived apart from God.”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“We should follow the example of the birds. They’re always joyful whereas we’re always bothered by something.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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“We must take care of our health, for God has given us doctors and medicine and we mustn’t be indifferent.”

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia

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“Nothing is more precious than peace, by which all war, both in Heaven and Earth, is brought to an end.”

Saint Ignatius of Antioch

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“When there is a respect for small things, there will be an even greater respect towards the bigger things. When there is no respect for small things, then neither will there be for the bigger ones. This is how the Fathers maintained Tradition.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“Drink Holy Water as often as possible. It’s the best and most effective medicine. I say this not as a Bishop, but as a doctor, from my experience in medicine.”

Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Simferopel

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“Humility and love, there you have it. This is everything.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“A man in this world must solve a problem: to be with Christ, or to be against Him. And every man decides this, whether he wants to or not. He will either be a lover of Christ or a fighter of Christ. There is no third option.”

Saint Justin Popovich

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“True, one may know man’s final goal: communion with God. And one may describe the path to it: faith, and walking in the Commandments, with the aid of Divine Grace. One need only say in addition: here is the path – start walking!”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“If you follow the events in the outer world, do not lose sight of your inner world, your Soul; it is closer to you and dearer to you.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“But when we start to love God, all fears vanish.”

Saint Isaac the Syrian

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“If the Lord has left us ignorant of the ordering of many things in this world, then it means it is not necessary for us to know: we cannot compass all creation with our minds. But the Creator Himself of Heaven and Earth and every created thing gives us to know Him in the Holy Spirit.”

Saint Silouan the Athonite

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“Kindness softens and opens up the heart, as oil opens a rusty lock.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“There are phenomena which science will never be able to explain, because it doesn’t use the right methods.”

Saint Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Simferopel

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“Everyone looks for the good, therefore everyone looks for God.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“What has happened has happened – it is in the past. Just keep on going, all the while asking for help from God.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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“One blade of grass or one speck of dust is enough to occupy your entire mind in beholding the art with which it has been made.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“When you pass beside a hospital make the Sign the Cross three times. Once for the patients, once for their relatives, and once for yourself because you aren’t there.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“If everyone took only what he needed and gave the rest to those in need, there would be no such thing as rich or poor.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“There is a new wonder in Heaven and on Earth: God is on Earth and man is in Heaven.”

Saint Thalassios the Libyan

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“Don’t forget these words. God has given you time to build your Eternal Salvation. Do not waste it!”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“Sometimes God allows for a relative or a fellow worker to cause us problems in order to exercise our patience and humbleness; however, instead of being grateful for the chance God gives us, we react and refuse to be cured. It is like refusing to pay the doctor who is giving us a shot when we are ill.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“When the man of pure heart looks at the world of nature, that is, at the sky, the earth, and the sea and at all things in them, and observes the systems constituting them, the infinite multitude of stars of Heaven, the innumerable multitudes of birds and quadrupeds and every kind of animal of the Earth, the variety of plants on it, the abundance of fish in the sea, he is immediately amazed and exclaims with the Prophet David: ‘How great are Thy works, O Lord! In wisdom Thou made them all.’”

Saint Nektarios of Ageina

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“The man who remains with Jesus is rich even if he is poor with regard to material things.”

Saint Ignatius Brianchaninov

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“While we are living improperly, we fear all kinds of things. When we recognise God, there occurs a fear of His judgement. But when we start to love God, all fears vanish.”

Saint Isaac the Syrian

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“Faith is to believe what you do not yet see; the reward for this faith is to see what you believe.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“I advise you not to stop reading Spiritual Books, for it happens sometimes that one line, read at the right time, becomes more dear than a year of publications and remains in your memory for always.”

Saint Anthony of Optina

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“People hate the truth for the sake of whatever it is they love more than the truth. They love truth when it shines warmly on them, and hate it when it rebukes them.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“As soon as you turn away – however slightly – from God, and no longer place your trust in Him, things go awry; for then the Lord withdraws, as though saying: ‘You have put your trust in something else – very well, rely on that instead.’ And whatever it may be it proves utterly worthless.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“It is our part to seek, His to grant what we ask; ours to make a beginning, His to bring it to completion; ours to offer what we can, His to finish what we cannot.”

Saint Jerome

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“Trust the past to God’s Mercy, the present to His Love and the future to His Providence.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“Why o my Soul, are you so indifferent about yourself?”

Saint Peter of Damascus

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“To believe in God is good but it is more blessed to know God.”

Saint Silouan of Mount Athos

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“Bad times, hard times, this is what people keep saying; but let us live well, and times will be good. We are the times: Such as we are, such are the times.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“Let us sing a new song, not with our lips but with our lives.”

Saint Augustine of Hippo

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“Christ often comes and knocks at your door and you invite Him to sit in the living-room of your Soul. Then, absorbed in your own business you forget the Great Visitor. He waits for you to appear and when you are too long in returning, He gets up and leaves. At other times, you are so busy that you answer Him from the window. You don’t even have time to open the door.”

Saint Amphilochios Makris of Patmos

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“The Virtues are linked one to the other, and follow as it were a Sacred sequence, one depending on the other. For instance, Prayer is linked to love, love to joy, joy to gentleness, gentleness to humility, humility to service, service to hope, hope to faith, faith to obedience, and obedience to simplicity.”

Saint Makarios of Egypt

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“God does not hear? God hears and sees everything. Only your desire does not find it useful for you.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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