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Mark the Ascetic: “receive the one who curses us as a messenger from God”

28 May 2017

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“We must receive the one who curses us as a messenger from God, rebuking our hidden evil thoughts, so that we, seeing our thoughts with exactness, might correct ourselves. For we do not know how many hidden evils we have; only a perfect man can understand all of his own shortcomings.”


St. Mark the Ascetic

Solzhenitsyn: “the characteristics of modernity”

27 May 2017

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“Today, when we say the West we are already referring both to the West and to Russia… And… there are ills that are characteristic, that have plagued the West for a long time and now Russia has quickly adopted them also. In other words, the characteristics of modernity, the psychological illness of the twentieth century, is this hurriedness, hurrying, scurrying, this fitfulness—fitfulness and superficiality. Technological successes have been tremendous but without a spiritual component mankind will not only be unable to further develop but cannot even preserve itself. There is a belief in an eternal, an infinite progress which has practically become a religion. This is a mistake of the eighteenth century, of the Enlightenment era.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Jerome: “The judgements of God are hidden”

27 May 2017

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“The judgements of God are hidden and it is reckless to pronounce with certainty on what is doubtful.”

St. Jerome, Commentary on the Epistle to Philemon

Peter of Cetinje: “We all have to die”

26 May 2017

 

 

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“We all have to die, beloved brethren, and it will be hard for us if, while we are in this world, we do not love each other, if we are not reconciled to our enemies, whom we have offended, and if one has grieved another, if we do not forgive him. Then we will not have eternal blessedness in that world, and the heavenly Father will not forgive our sins.”


St. Peter of Cetinje, Letter to Radulovichs

Jerome: “all time is brief”

26 May 2017

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“In comparison with eternity, all time is brief.”

St. Jerome, Commentary on the Epistle to Philemon

Isaac the Syrian: “For love does not know how to lose its temper”

25 May 2017

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“When you want to direct someone toward the good, first put him at peace bodily and honor him with words of love. For nothing inclines such a man to shame and induces him to cast off his vice and be changed for the better as do bodily goods and honor, which he sees in you. Then, with love tell him a word or two, and do not be inflamed with anger toward him. Do not let him see any cause of enmity toward you. For love does not know how to lose its temper.”
St. Isaac the Syrian

Jerome: “Without knowledge”

25 May 2017

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“Without knowledge of his Creator, every man is cattle.”

St. Jerome, Epistle to Marcellam