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Hesychios the Priest: “You will not find a greater help”

17 August 2019

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“The devil, with all his powers, ‘walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour’ (I Pt. 5:8). So you must never relax your attentiveness of heart, your watchfulness, your power of rebuttal or your prayer to Jesus Christ our God. You will not find a greater help than Jesus in all your life, for He alone, as God, knows the deceitful ways of the demons, their subtlety and their guile.”

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A profoundly sick society

16 August 2019

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So this happened at an “Equality March” in Płock, Poland.

 

“The photo of brave schoolboy Jakub Baryła — standing in the middle of a street as rainbow-flag waving protesters march toward him with government police leading the way — is an awesome visual metaphor, perfectly depicting the very real threat of weaponized, politicized LGBT ideology against the children of the entire world.”

and this.

“Baryła stood his ground as the phalanx of heavily armed police bore down upon him. In the end, he was physically removed by police while still holding high his Crucifix and Rosary.”

 

Read the LifeSite article here.

 

 

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This teenager did something most adults are afraid to do, even though they see the evil that is at work in their community. It is not an indication of your own good health for you to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. And we ARE living in a profoundly sick society – – Θεόφιλος

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gregory the Theologian: “Do not delay in coming to grace”

16 August 2019

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“Do not delay in coming to grace, but hasten, lest the robber outstrip you, lest the adulterer pass you by, lest the insatiate be satisfied before you, lest the murderer seize the blessing first, or the publican or the fornicator, or any of these violent ones who take the Kingdom of heaven by force (cf. Mt. 11:12). For it suffers violence willingly, and is tyrannized over through goodness.”

St. Gregory the Theologian

 

 

 

Symeon the New Theologian: “the holiness without which no one will see the Lord”

15 August 2019

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“‘Strive for peace with all men, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord’ (Heb. 12:14), Why did he say ‘strive’? Because it is not possible for us to become holy and to be saints in an hour! We must therefore progress from modest beginnings toward holiness and purity. Even were we to spend a thousand years in this life we should never perfectly attain it. Rather we must always struggle for it every day, as if mere beginners.”

St. Symeon the New Theologian

Makarios of Egypt: “If on hearing about the kingdom of heaven we are brought to tears”

15 August 2019

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“If on hearing about the kingdom of heaven we are brought to tears, do not let us be content with these tears, or think that we hear well with our ears or see well with our eyes, and that we need nothing further. For there are other ears, other eyes, other tears, just as there is another mind and another soul. I am referring to the divine and heavenly Spirit, that hears and weeps, prays and knows, and that carries out God’s will. When the Lord promised the great gift of the Spirit to the apostles, He said: ‘I still have much to tell you, but its burden is more than you can bear now. When, however, He Who is the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth’ (Jn. 16:12-13). He, therefore, will pray, and He will weep. For, as St. Paul says, ‘we do not know what to pray for as we should; but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with cries that cannot be uttered’ (Rom. 8:26).”

St. Makarios of Egypt

J.F.C. Fuller: “the invisible hands of a plutocracy”

14 August 2019

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“The government of the Western nations, whether monarchical or republican, had passed into the invisible hands of a plutocracy, international in power and grasp. It was, I venture to suggest, this semioccult power which….pushed the mass of the American people into the cauldron of World War I.”

Major General J.F.C. Fuller, British military historian, 1941

Abba Agathon: “A man who is angry”

14 August 2019

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“A man who is angry, even if he were to raise the dead, is not acceptable to God.”

Abba Agathon