Strength in Christ during difficulties

“The more you Pray to God in times of sorrow, the sooner you will feel His sweet consolation.”

Saint Anthony of Optina

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“Even if you just lean your head on an Icon, you will find consolation.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“When sorrows shake our Souls, our hearts tremble and our thoughts are confused, our only refuge is the Lord.”

Saint Nikon of Optina

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“Cleave to God and all His Strength will be with you. Confess your weakness before Him and He will send you His All-Powerful Grace.”

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

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“You may think that your voice did not reach the Saints, Our Panagia or Christ. On the contrary, even before you cried out, they rushed to your aid.”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“Remember, never to fear the power of evil more than your trust in the power and love of God.”

Apostle Hermas of the Seventy

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“Just Pray: ‘Lord, grant me Thy Grace!’ For when there is a cloud of griefs over you and you Pray: ‘Lord, grant me Thy Grace’ the Lord will carry you past the storm.”

Saint Nectarius of Optina

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“You cry out to Him, ‘Where art Thou, My God?’ And He answers, ‘I am present, my child! I am always beside you.'”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“For God to help, He wants to see our effort. We must do everything we can, so that He can do what we cannot.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“Wherever I am, as soon as I raise the eyes of my heart in my affliction to God, the Lover of men immediately answers my faith and Prayer, and the sorrow immediately departs. He is at every time and every hour near me, only I do not see it, but I feel it vividly in my heart.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“The Lord sees your need and your efforts, and will give you a helping hand. He will support and establish you as a soldier, fully armed and ready to go into battle. No support can be better than His. The greatest danger lies in the Soul thinking that it can find this help within itself; then it will lose everything. Evil will dominate it again, eclipsing the light that as yet flickers but weakly in the Soul, and it will extinguish the small flame which is still scarcely burning. The Soul should realise how powerless it is alone; therefore, expecting nothing of itself, let it fall down in humility before God, and in its own heart recognise itself to be nothing. Then Grace – which is all powerful – will, out of this nothing, create in it everything. He who in total humility puts himself in the hand of the Merciful God, attracts the Lord to Himself, and becomes strong in His Strength.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“You find yourself in a darken room and you move your hands so as to try to brush away the darkness which, of course, doesn’t move. If you open a window and light enters, the darkness disappears. The same happens with study. The Holy Scripture, the Lives of the Saints, and the Writings of the Fathers are the light that chases away the darkness of the Soul.’

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“Always, in the midst of difficulties, I find Christ more easily and my Prayer is more fervent.”

Saint Theophan the Recluse

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“O Lord, my hope in despair. O Lord, my strength in weakness. O Lord, my light in darkness. Place just one finger on my forehead and I shall be raised.”

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich

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“You feel straitened upon Earth from all sides. Everything betrays you; your relations, friends, acquaintances, riches, the pleasures of the senses, your own body; all the elements – earth, water, fire, air, light – play you false. Cling, therefore, to God alone, ‘with Whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning’, (James 1:17) Who alone is Love.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Do you ask for help from Jesus Christ or are you struggling alone? Have you told Christ of your weakness? You don’t humble yourself, you don’t ask Christ for help and then you say, ‘I have difficulties in my struggle’. When one is humble and asks for help from Christ, He helps. Often man makes an egotistical effort and this is why he gets no help.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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“O Lord Jesus Christ! You are my medicine when I am sick; You are my strength when I need help; You are Life itself when I fear death; You are Light when all is dark.”

Saint Ambrose of Milan

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“That’s how we should live through difficulties and tragedies. We should see them all as opportunities for Prayer, for approaching God. That’s the secret: how the man of God will transform everything into Prayer. That’s what Saint Paul the Apostle means when he says ‘I rejoice in my sufferings’… This is how Sanctification takes place. May God grant this to us.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“When we patiently endure our problems and turn to God for help, we notice that He gives us the best possible solution.”

Saint Paisios of Mount Athos

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