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Teresia Benedicta: “our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment”

24 September 2016

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“On the question of relating to our fellowman – our neighbor’s spiritual need transcends every commandment. Everything else we do is a means to an end. But love is an end already, since God is love.”

St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein)

Vasileios of Iveron: “The logic of this world”

24 September 2016

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“The logic of this world is its own coffin.”

Archimandrite Vasileios of Iveron, in his book “The Thunderbolt of Eve-Living Fire”

Solzhenitsyn: “”Hastiness and superficiality”

23 September 2016

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“Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the twentieth century, and more than anywhere else this disease is reflected in the press.”

Aleksander Solzhenitsyn

John Donne: “Teach me how to repent”

23 September 2016

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“At the round earth’s imagined corners blow
Your trumpets, angels, and arise, arise
From death, you numberless infinities
Of souls, and to your scattered bodies go ;
All whom the flood did, and fire shall o’erthrow,
All whom war, dea[r]th, age, agues, tyrannies,
Despair, law, chance hath slain, and you, whose eyes
Shall behold God, and never taste death’s woe.
But let them sleep, Lord, and me mourn a space ;
For, if above all these my sins abound,
‘Tis late to ask abundance of Thy grace,
When we are there. Here on this lowly ground,
Teach me how to repent, for that’s as good
As if Thou hadst seal’d my pardon with Thy blood.”

John Donne

 

Ignatius (Brianchaninov): “Speak well of those who speak evil of you.”

23 September 2016

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“Speak well of those who speak evil of you.

Pay good for evil.

Pray for those who cause you various offenses, wrongs, temptations, persecutions.

Whatever you do, on no account condemn anyone; do not even try to judge whether a person is good or bad, but keep your eyes on that one evil person for whom you must give an account before God–yourself.”

 

St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)

Kierkegaard: “the wits who believe that it is a joke”

22 September 2016

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“It happened that a fire broke out backstage in a theater. The clown came out to inform the public. They thought it was a jest and applauded. He repeated his warning. They shouted even louder. So I think the world will come to an end amid the general applause from all the wits who believe that it is a joke.”

Søren Kierkegaard

Nilus of Sinai: “He who endures distress …”

22 September 2016

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“He who endures distress, will be granted joys; and he who bears with unpleasant things, will not be deprived of the pleasant.”

St. Nilus of Sinai