We are One in Christ

“As the Holy Trinity, our God is One Being, although Three Persons, so, likewise, we ourselves must be one.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“The genuineness of a friend is shown at a time of trial, if he shares the distress you suffer.”

Saint Thalassios the Libyan

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“Close your eyes and give me your hand, that we may all travel to distant Bethlehem… and there may we kneel… united like one great family… asking that His Will be done in our life.”

Archbishop Makarios of Australia

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“He who has the Kingdom of God within himself will imperceptibly pass it on to others. The atmosphere of Heaven will radiate from us even when we keep silence or talk about ordinary things.”

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

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“Do you know the power of love? Christ passed over all the marvellous works which were to be performed by the Apostles and said, ‘By this shall men know that ye are my Disciples, if ye love one another.'”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“When you see your brother, you see God.”

Saint Clement of Alexandria

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“With all your power, ask the Lord for humility and brotherly love, because God freely gives His Grace for love towards one’s brother. Do an experiment on yourself: one day ask God for love towards your brother, and another day – live without love. You will see the difference.”

Saint Silouan the Athonite

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Always live modestly and humbly, without selfishness. Always make sure to love the elderly, the orphans, the sick. Socialize with the poor and people that others humiliate.

Saint George Karslides

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“People who have the same goal and strive towards the one thing needful have oneness of Soul, and they never feel the distance of separation. And no matter how great that distance is, it can never be the cause of hindrance to that Spiritual closeness uniting these people in oneness of Soul.”

Saint John Maximovitch

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“Love every man in spite of his falling into sin. Never mind the sins, but remember that the foundation of the man is the same – the Image of God.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Each one of us must have a mother’s heart for others.”

Saint Sophrony of Essex

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“When Grace works in the Soul of one who is Praying, the Love of God floods the Soul to such an extent that he is unable to handle his experience. Afterwards his love turns towards the whole world and mankind, which he loves so much that he asks to take upon himself all human suffering and grief so as to free those who suffer. And more generally, he identifies with every grief and affliction, even of irrational beasts, so that he weeps when he considers their suffering. These are the attributes of love which Prayer energises and inspires. For this reason those who are dedicated to Prayer never cease interceding on behalf of the world.”

Saint Joseph the Hesychast

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“A Christian is – the vessel of God, the temple of God, the house of God. O, how worthy of honour is the true Christian, how zealously he ought to shun every sin, and how greatly Christians ought to respect one another!”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Be careful so that while trying to strike sin, you strike not the sinner.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“The secret is our Prayer and our devotion to God so that His Grace may act. We, with our love, with our fervent desire for the Love of God, will attract Grace so that it washes over those around us and awakens them to Divine Love. Or rather God will send His Love and will rouse them all. What we are unable to do, His Grace will achieve. With our Prayers, we will make all worthy of God’s Grace.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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“The Lord personally gives us the Commandment to love one another, so that, by consoling one another with mutual love, we may lighten the sorrowful and narrow way of our journey to the Heavenly country. Why did He descend too us from Heaven, if not for the purpose of taking upon Himself our poverty and making us rich with the riches of His Goodness and His unutterable generosity? He did not come to be served by men but to serve them Himself and to give His life for the Salvation of many.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“The sign of sincere love is to forgive wrongs done to us. It was with such love that the Lord loved the world.”

Saint Kosmas Aitolos

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“I see in the face of each person the Image of God. And for this Image of God I am willing to sacrifice everything.”

Saint Amphilochios Makris of Patmos

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“True love is like the flame of a candle. However many candles you light from the flame, the initial flame remains unaffected. It doesn’t lessen at all. And every freshly lit candle has as much flame as the others do.”

Elder Epiphanios of Athens

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“Contemplate in man his Divine origin, the Soul, which is created after the Image and Likeness of God; and for the sake of this origin always respect and love man with your whole heart, unfeignedly.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“Blessed is the man who has learned to love everyone secretly. He does not require love from others, he does not care if he is liked or not.”

Saint Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia

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To a young woman he said: “For the love you showed your bedridden mother you did well. God has forgiven you everything.”

Saint George Karslides

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“If you cannot find Christ in the beggar at the Church door, you will not find Him in the Chalice.”

Saint John Chrysostom

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“Imagine that the world is a circle, that God is the centre, and that the radii are the lives of human beings. When those who wish to come closer to God walk towards the centre of the circle, they come closer to one another at the same time as to God. The closer they come to God, the closer they come to one another. And the closer they come to one another, the closer they come to God.”

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

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“Compassion is the sensitivity of good Souls who love their neighbours. Compassionate people suffer with those in pain and regard any trouble afflicting their neighbour as their own. They hasten to help and are relieved when those who are suffering gain respite. They want to expunge unhappiness from the world and to spread joy and gladness to every corner of it.”

Saint Nektarios of Aegina

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“Remember that the Lord is in every Christian. When your neighbour comes to you, always have great respect for him, because the Lord is in him, and often expresses His Will through him.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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“A faithful friend is beyond price, since he regards his friend’s misfortunes as his own and suffers with him, sharing his trials until death.”

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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“The Lord seeks a heart filled to overflowing with love for God and our neighbour; this is the Throne on which He loves to sit and on which He appears in the fullness of His Heavenly Glory. “Son, give me thine heart” (Proverbs 23:26), for in the human heart the Kingdom of God can be contained.”

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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“Christ came to Earth to restore in man the Image of God, which had become corrupt, to call people together, uniting them into a single humanity, who would praise their Creator with one voice and one heart.”

Saint John Maximovitch

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“Blessed is he who can love all men equally.”

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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“We are not made for ourselves alone, we are made for the good of all our fellow creatures.”

Saint Gregory of Nazianzus

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“When we must be helped, God will send someone to us. We are all fellow-travellers.”

Mother Gavrilia

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“Love all your fellow men, even your enemies. This is the most basic thing. Always love not only those who love us, but also those who hate us. Let us forgive them and love them all even if they have done us the greatest evil; then we are truly children of God. Then our own sins are also forgiven…Always preach love. This is the most basic law of God: love and love alone.”

Saint George Karslides

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