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Winston Churchill: “No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”

16 March 2017

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“Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities. Thousands become the brave and loyal soldiers of the Queen: all know how to die: but the influence of the religion paralyzes the social development of those who follow it. No stronger retrograde force exists in the world.”
-Winston Churchill, The River War

Silouan the Athonite: “Such is the love of God”

16 March 2017

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“A certain monk told me that when he was very sick, his mother said to his father, “How our little boy is suffering. I would gladly give myself to be cut up into pieces if that would ease his suffering.” Such is the love of God for people. He pitied people so much that he wanted to suffer for them, like their own mother, and even more. But no one can understand this great love without the grace of the Holy Spirit.”

St. Silouan the Athonite

Paisios: “Flee from the strong enemy”

15 March 2017

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“Flee from the strong enemy ‘chit-chatting’. As the cloud closes the sun, so chatter clouds the soul.”

St. Paisios of Mt. Athos

Nicholas of Serbia: “Truth is a Person”

15 March 2017

 

Saint Nikolai of Zicha

 

“Truth is not a thought, not a word, not a relationship between things, not a law. Truth is a Person. It is a Being which exceeds all beings and gives life to all. If you seek truth with love and for the sake of love, she will reveal the light of His face to you inasmuch as you are able to bear it without being burned.”

St. Nicholas of Serbia

Isaac the Syrian: “The soul that loves God”

14 March 2017

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“The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.”

St. Isaac the Syrian

Empress Alexandra: “days of suffering and sorrow”

14 March 2017

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“Our love for each other may be sincere and deep on sunny days, but it is never as strong as on days of suffering and sorrow, when all the previously hidden richness of the soul is revealed.”

Empress Alexandra Feodorovna

Nektarios of Aegina: “those people who seek happiness outside of themselves”

13 March 2017

Nektarios of Aegina

 

“How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes. Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!”

St. Nektarios of Aegina