My Spiritual Father

“Seek out, with much care and thought, a teacher who will be a safe guide to you; one who knows well how to lead such as are journeying towards God; a teacher who is rich in virtues and wise in the Holy Scriptures.”

Saint Basil the Great

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“Don’t hesitate [to come to Confession]. Don’t be ashamed. Whatever you may have done, even the greatest of sins, the Spiritual Father has power from the Lord Jesus Christ Himself and from the Apostles to forgive you with his Stole.”

Saint Iakovos of Evia

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“The Lord loves us so much that He suffered for us on the Cross; and His suffering was so great that we can’t comprehend it. In the same way our Spiritual Pastors suffer for us, although we often don’t see their suffering. The greater the love of the Pastor, the greater his suffering; and we, the Sheep, should understand this, and love and honour our Pastors”

Saint Silouan of Mount Athos

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“A wise man is one who accepts advice, especially that of a Spiritual Father counselling him in accordance with the Will of God.”

Saint Thalassios the Libyan

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“The Priesthood is a very great gift of God towards mankind. It is the conduit of the Grace of God.”

Elder Epiphanios of Athens

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“The Holy Spirit acts Mystically through the Spiritual Father, and then when you go out from your Spiritual Father, the Soul feels her renewal.”

Saint Silouan of Mount Athos

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“Let us return to the Christ-Bearing Ascetics and to the Holy Fathers.”

Saint Justin Popovich

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“My heart only has entrances. It doesn’t have exits. Whoever enters remains there. Whatever he may do, I love him the same as I loved him when he first entered into my heart. I Pray for him and seek his Salvation.”

Elder Epiphanios of Athens

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“A Spiritual Father, like a signpost, merely indicates the way; but you yourself must follow the path.”

Saint Nikon of Optina

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“Come now my beloved son, if only for a day. We will speak with God and about God. Come and enjoy Him Whom you miss.”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“I suffer along with the person who is confessing. I feel pain along with him. I suffer and cry for him… I pray for the repentant; I am concerned about him and wait for him to come again.”

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis of Evia

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“Whoever possesses unclouded faith in his Spiritual Father will, on seeing him, think that he is seeing Christ Himself; when with him or following him, he will firmly believe that he is with and following Christ.”

Saint Symeon the New Theologian

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“There is no greater satisfaction for me than to remain for hours in the seat of the confessional and to reconcile man to God.”

Elder Epiphanios of Athens

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“Abba Pimen said something wonderful: ‘Stay close to a person who fears God and then you’ll have fear of God, as well.’ Who are they who really fear God? Those who are passionless, virtuous, saintly people who never cease to repent. How much we owe to such people when we encounter them, how much we owe to the fact that we’re with them and that, in some mysterious way they stimulate our heart to Pray.”

Elder Efraim of Vatopaidi

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“I will implore my Lord that He send down upon you the Grace of His Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Wisdom, faith, courage, and hope in Salvation. I believe that God will hear my Prayer, although it is weak, for He came down from Heaven to lead us there.”

Saint Gabriel of Seven Lakes

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“Let your [Spiritual] Father be the one who is able and willing to labour with you in bearing the burden of your sins.”

Saint John Climacus

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“If from one burning lamp someone lights another, then another from that one, and so on in succession, he has light continuously. In the same way, through the Apostles Ordaining their successors, and these successors Ordaining others, and so on, the Grace of the Holy Spirit is handed down through all generations and enlightens all who obey their shepherds and teachers.”

Saint Gregory Palamas

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