“We should lead the Spiritual life…”

“In the Church we find the health, the consolation, the hope and Salvation of our Souls.”

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“We should lead the Spiritual life, be obedient to our Spiritual Father, confess, take Communion regularly, and, most important of all, avoid criticising other people. We should read Spiritual books and Scripture, the Psalter, and take part in beneficial Spiritual discussions… We need to persist in Prayer and obedience. We have to struggle.”

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“Let us fast, my children, do not listen to those who say that fasting is nothing, and that this is something from Monks. This is not from Monks, my children, forgive me, God says this. The first Commandment of God is fasting, and our Christ fasted.”

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“I have a heart, and I have many afflictions. But ‘the afflictions of the present time lead to glory in the age to come’, and so I don’t reckon them as anything. Daily I see my grave, that I am a dead man. But within this dead flesh dwells an eternal Soul. I care for my Soul which is something eternal. Because of this, my child, you also should care for your Soul, near the Fathers of the Church.”

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