“What, then, is prayer? It is the conscious drawing near of the soul of a sinful, weak, ignorant, self-willed creature to its holy, loving, all-wise, and almighty Creator… Prayer must be the reaching forth of the soul, not after other things through God, but through all other things after God.”
- Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford, Sermons
“Christ came to correct man and, therefore, man’s logic. He is our Logos and our Logic. That is why we must direct our reason toward Him and not Him toward our reason. He is the One Who corrects our reason. The sun is not regulated according to our clock, but our clock is regulated according to the sun.”
– St.Nikolai Velimirovich
“If contemporary, speculating people looked for a meaning behind the Birth of Christ, it would be that with His Birth, Christ abolished the illness of religion and transformed it into a living Church – with whatever its authentic meaning entails. This is the need of contemporary man who is suffering from the tragic trinity as Victor Frankl would have said, that is: suffering, guilt and death, inasmuch as he feels his life is a pre-death experience, an existential and eternal death, and not only seeks the experience of pleasure, but perhaps through pleasure, is seeking the survival of existence.”
- Metropolitan Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos, taken from an article originally appearing in the newspaper “Eleftherotypia” on December 23, 2001
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