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Maximos the Confessor: “He who has realized love for God in his heart”

21 September 2019

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“He who has realized love for God in his heart is tireless in his pursuit of the Lord his God, and bears every hardship, reproach and insult nobly, never thinking the least evil of anyone.”

St. Maximos the Confessor

 

 

 

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Philotheos of Sinai: “Nothing is more unsettling than talkativeness”

20 September 2019

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“Nothing is more unsettling than talkativeness and more pernicious than an unbridled tongue, disruptive as it is of the soul’s proper state. For the soul’s chatter destroys what we build each day and scatters what we have laboriously gathered together. What is more disastrous than this ‘uncontrollable evil’ (Jms. 3:8)? The tongue has to be restrained, checked by force and muzzled, so to speak, and made to serve only what is needful. Who can describe all the damage that the tongue does to the soul?”

St. Philotheos of Sinai

 

 

 

Bismarck: “Never believe anything in politics until …”

19 September 2019

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“Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.”

(Usually attributed to)  Otto von Bismarck

 

 

 

Dionysius The Areopagite: “ signs of an invisible loveliness”

19 September 2019

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“…any thinking person realizes that the appearances of beauty are signs of an invisible loveliness. The beautiful odors which strike the senses are representations of a conceptual diffusion. Material lights are images of the outpouring of an immaterial gift of light. The thoroughness of sacred discipleship indicates the immense contemplative capacity of the mind. Order and rank here below are a sign of the harmonious ordering toward the divine realm. The reception of the most divine Eucharist is a symbol of participation in Jesus. And so it goes for all the gifts transcendently received by the beings of heaven, gifts which are granted to us in a symbolic mode.”

St. Dionysius the Areopagite

 

 

 

John of Kronstadt: “love in every man the image of God, not regarding his sins”

18 September 2019

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“Besides loving each other, we must bear with each other and pardon ? ‘forgive them that trespass against us’ ? in order that our heavenly Father may ‘forgive us our trespasses’ (Mt. 6:14). Thus, with all your soul honor and love in every man the image of God, not regarding his sins, for God alone is Holy and without sin; and see how He loves us, how much He has created and still creates for us, punishing us mercifully and forgiving us bounteously and graciously. Honor the man also, in spite of his sins, for he can always amend.”

St. John of Kronstadt

 

 

 

Blessed Theophylact: “the mark of a great soul”

18 September 2019

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“… the mark of a great soul is to endure all things and to serve everyone. The example of this is near at hand: for the Son of Man Himself did not come to be served but to serve, and, what is even greater, He came to give His life as a ransom for many. For what could be greater and more marvelous than a man who not only serves, but who even dies for the sake of the one he serves? Yet the Lord’s serving and His humble lowering of Himself to be with us has become the exaltation and the glory of Him and all creation. For before He became man, He was known only to the angels, but after His incarnation and crucifixion, His glory is even greater and He reigns over all the earth.”

Blessed Theophylact

 

 

 

John of Kronstadt: “storms in our Christian souls”

17 September 2019

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“… how many of us become irritated and lose their temper when they are deprived, not of their last coin, but only of some small part of by no means their last property! How much agitation, anger, bile, bitter reproaches, murmuring, sometimes even curses! Righteous God! Can this dross called money, or this food and drink produce such storms in our Christian souls, in us who know the words of our sweetest Savior? ‘Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body what you shall put on. Behold the birds of the air, they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you’ (Mt. 6:25, 26, 33). Or: ‘A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses’ (Luke 12:15).”

St. John of Kronstadt