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Theodore Dalrymple: “To regret religion is to regret Western civilization.”

31 August 2016

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“The thinness of the new atheism is evident in its approach to our civilization, which until recently was religious to its core. To regret religion is, in fact, to regret our civilization and its monuments, its achievements, and its legacy.”

Theodore Dalrymple

 

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Malcolm Muggeridge: “I am like a man on a sea voyage nearing his destination.”

31 August 2016

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“I am like a man on a sea voyage nearing his destination. When I embarked I worried about having a cabin with a port-hole, whether I should be asked to sit at the captain’s table, who were the most attractive and important passengers. All such considerations become pointless when I shall so soon be disembarking.”
Malcolm Muggeridge

Vladimir Putin: “This is the path to degradation.”

30 August 2016

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“Many Euro-Atlantic countries have moved away from their roots, including Christian values. Policies are being pursued that place on the same level a multi-child family and a same-sex partnership, a faith in God and a belief in Satan. This is the path to degradation.”

Vladimir Putin

Nikolaj Velimirovic: “The tongue is capable of delusion”

30 August 2016

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“What a man thinks and feels as he prays to God is more important to God than the words his tongue forms. The tongue is capable of delusion, but the heart does not delude: it shows a man as he is – black or white.”
Saint Nikolaj Velimirovic

John Vianney: “Have you been wronged?”

29 August 2016

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“Have you been calumniated, my friends? Have you been loaded with insults? Have you been wronged? So much the better! That is a good sign; do not worry; you are on the road that leads to Heaven.”

St. John Vianney

Hilaire Belloc: “The Barbarian hopes…that he can have his cake and eat it too.

29 August 2016

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“The Barbarian hopes—and that is the very mark of him—that he can have his cake and eat it too. He will consume what civilisation has slowly produced after generations of selection and effort but he will not be at the pains to replace such goods nor indeed has he a comprehension of the virtue that has brought them into being. Discipline seems to him irrational, on which account he is for ever marvelling that civilisation should have offended him with priests and soldiers.

The Barbarian wonders what strange meaning may lurk in that ancient and solemn truth, “Sine Auctoritate nulla vita”.

In a word, the Barbarian is discoverable everywhere in this that he cannot make; that he can befog or destroy, but that he cannot sustain; and of every Barbarian in the decline or peril of every civilisation exactly that has been true.”

Hilaire Belloc

Elder Paisios : “When someone applies himself to external activity”

27 August 2016

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“If we work to correct ourselves and look more intently towards our “inner” activity rather than our external, giving precedence to divine help, we can in turn be of greater and more positive help to others. We will also achieve an inner serenity that will quietly help the souls of the people we encounter because spiritual serenity reflects the virtue of the soul and transforms souls.

When someone applies himself to external activity before having polished his spiritual inner state, he may struggle spiritually, but he will be fraught with worry, anxiety, lack of confidence in God and frequent loss of serenity. If he does not improve himself, he cannot say that his interest for the common good is pure. When he is liberated from the old self and all things worldly, then he will receive divine Grace and be not only at peace with himself, but also able to bring peace to everyone else. But if he has not received the Grace of God, then he can neither govern himself nor help others in order to bring about a divine effect. He must first be immersed in divine Grace and then utilise his resulting sanctified powers for the salvation of others.”

Elder Paisios

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