“All of us sin constantly. We slip and fall.
In reality, we fall into traps set by the demons. The Holy Fathers and the saints always tell us, “It is important to get up immediately after a fall and to keep on walking toward God.” Even if we fall a hundred times a day, it does not matter; we must get up and go on walking toward God without looking back. What has happened has happened – it is in the past. Just keep on going, all the while asking for help from God”
Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
“This world is a sick man, whom sin has made sick,
for sin is a sickness,
and to scorn sinners is to scorn the sick.
With prayer our healer walks around the grievously sick patient,
with prayer he walks and
with prayer he heals and makes whole.
Do not scorn sinners, but pray for them.
Feel pity and compassion for every creature, but do not condemn.
Expand and deepen your soul with prayer, and you will begin to cry over the mystery of the world bitterly and vehemently.
Make your heart prayerful, together with your soul and your mind, and they will become inexhaustible fountainheads of tears for all mankind.
The most reverend man of prayer has made his whole soul prayerful, together with his spirit and mind:
and he feels the sins of all sinners as though they were his own,
and he repents for all sins as though they were his own, as he weeps and sighs.”
Saint Nikolai Velimirovich
“Let us neither express, nor cherish, any harsh feeling towards any citizen who, by his vote, has differed with us. Let us at all times remember that all American citizens are brothers of a common country, and should dwell together in the bonds of fraternal feeling.”
“During the contest of opinion through which we have passed the animation of discussions and of exertions has sometimes worn an aspect which might impose on strangers unused to think freely and to speak and to write what they think; but this being now decided by the voice of the nation, announced according to the rules of the Constitution, all will, of course, arrange themselves under the will of the law, and unite in common efforts for the common good. All, too, will bear in mind this sacred principle, that though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will to be rightful must be reasonable; that the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.”
Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801
Read the whole Address here.
“You cannot turn me from my holy Faith by threats, nor with promises of riches and pleasures. I will obey your orders willingly, if you will leave me free to follow my religion. I would rather surrender my head to you than to change my faith. I was born a Christian, and I shall die a Christian.”
St. John the Russian
“One of the most pathetic aspects of human history is that every civilization expresses itself most pretentiously, compounds its partial and universal values most convincingly, and claims immortality for its finite existence at the very moment when the decay which leads to death has already begun.”
“We don’t like to think about the inescapable fact that human life is a quickly passing experience, a river swiftly moving. Part of the answer to the question “What do we do when life doesn’t make sense?” is the recognition of that fact. We need to grasp that all things we experience, even the most precious, the love of family and friends, are passing. Any harm or pain that the failure of loved ones brings us is also passing. Life does not simply pass. It goes on into something more beautiful or more terrible, to salvation or to eternal loss. Life’s purpose and our attitude toward it must be defined by this conviction if we are believers…
Those who have lived well, though they may have been very poor and subject to much injustice, will be prepared for the Kingdom of God. And those who have lived badly will encounter the message of the Cross, but this will be for judgment. Don’t doubt it…for the innocent, for those who have struggled, for those who have repented, the discordant and painful themes of life will be changed into the music of eternity.”
Fr. Benedict Groeschel, Arise from the Darkness