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Samuel Wilberforce: “What, then, is prayer?”

31 October 2014

Samuel Wilberforce

“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

Seraphim of Sarov: “Acquire a peaceful spirit”

30 October 2014

Seraphim of Sarov

“Acquire a peaceful spirit and then thousands of others around you will be saved. ”

- St. Seraphim of Sarov

Tikhon of Zadonsk: “the one God, our only good and happiness”

29 October 2014

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“If we want, Christian, to have our heart filled with divine love we must first empty them of the love of this world, its frivilous and sinful customs and then turn our hearts to the one God, our only good and happiness and eternal beatitude.”
– Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk

Nikolai Velimirovich: “He is our Logos and our Logic”

28 October 2014

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“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

Theophan the Recluse: “The principal thing is to walk before God”

27 October 2014

Theophan the Recluse

“The principal thing is to walk before God, or under God’s eye, aware that God is looking at you, searching your soul and your heart, seeing all that is there. This awareness is the most powerful lever in the mechanism of the inner spiritual life.”
– St. Theophan the Recluse

Elder Joseph the Hesycast: “Even though you have fallen again, get up again”

26 October 2014

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But don’t be sad, my child. Don’t worry so much. Even though you have fallen again, get up again. You have been called to a heavenly road. It is not surprising for someone running to stumble. It just takes patience and repentance at every moment.

- Elder Joseph the Hesycast, Letters

Hierotheos (Vlachos) of Nafpaktos : “Christ abolished the illness of religion”

25 October 2014

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“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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