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Elder Ephraim: “bear the weaknesses of others”

14 August 2017

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“Each person must bear the weaknesses of others. Who is perfect? Who can boast that he has kept his heart undefiled? Hence, we are all sick, and whoever condemns his brother does not perceive that he himself is sick, because a sick person does not condemn another sick person.”

Elder Ephraim of Philotheou & Arizona

Fr. Bell: “the Church has had small influence of late”

14 August 2017

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“That the Church has had small influence of late, and seems likely to have little more in the immediate future, is the Church’s own fault. Christians have been too willing to come to terms with, and even to flatter, an essentially godless world. Sometimes this has been due to ecclesiastical venality; more often it has come about from inability to understand what has been happening. Carried along by inertia, churchmen have watched without comprehension while congregations have melted away, while the secularly educated younger generation increasingly has absented itself from worship and activity. To have retired fighting before the attacks of a growing secularism would have been a hard but glorious adventure, perhaps the prelude to a new and vigorous offensive; to have drifted into the position of a tolerated minority, politely begging an increasingly indifferent multitude for occasional smiles and reluctant contributions, has been to enact a role no less ignominious because ecclesiastics have not known what they were doing, no less deplorable because the populace, at least in Anglo-Saxon countries, has been too polite to tell church people the truth about themselves.”

Fr. Bernard Iddings Bell, The Atlantic Monthly, 1942

Maximus the Confessor: “Flee from self-love”

13 August 2017

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“Flee from self-love, the mother of malice, which is an irrational love for the body. For from it are born the three chief sinful passions: gluttony, avarice, and vainglory, which take their causes from bodily needs, and from them all the tribe of the passions is born. This why we must always oppose self-love and fight against it. Whoever rejects self-love will easily conquer all the other passions with the help of God: anger, despondency, rancor, and the others. But whoever is retained by self-love will even unwillingly be conquered by the above- 
named passions”. 

St. Maximus the Confessor, Chapters on Love

Athanasios Mitilinaios: “The true purpose of Christianity”

12 August 2017

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“The true purpose of Christianity is repentance for sin, and the return to God.  The primary purpose of the Church is not to rectify social evils.  That is its secondary purpose.  The main purpose of the Church is to heal people from sin and to prepare them for the Kingdom of God, because we do not have a permanent home here.”

Archimandrite Athanasios Mitilinaios

Cleopas of Romania: “do not get discouraged”

11 August 2017

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“In any stage you may be do not get discouraged, pray even if you feel compulsion and the Lord will visit you with His mercy: ‘Let it be to you according to your faith,’ [Matt. 9:29].”

Elder Cleopas of Romania

Lucia of Fatima: “the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan”

11 August 2017

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“Father, a time will come when the decisive battle between the kingdom of Christ and Satan will be over marriage and the family. And those who will work for the good of the family will experience persecution and tribulation. But do not be afraid, because Our Lady has already crushed his head.”

Sr. Lucia of Fatima

Charles Cardinal Journet: “There is a great gulf”

10 August 2017

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“There is a great gulf between the darkness of faith which is above reason and the darkness of the meaningless which destroys it.”

Charles Cardinal Journet, What is Dogma?