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Im blessed by this thanks

PRAYING THAT THE LORD WOULD HELP ME EACH DAY TO MAKE HEALTHY CHOICES http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=K1GZcq6NG7E
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"Thoughts are planted in our minds all the time, from all sides and directions. Were it given us to see the radii of thoughts, we would see a real net of thoughts. Everyone has a 'receiver' in his mind, one that is much more precise and sophisticated than a radio or a television set. How wonderful is the mind of man! Unfortunately we do not appreciate this. We do not know how to unite ourselves the the Source of life and to feel joy. The adversary is always planting seeds in our minds. St. Anthony was permitted to see the nets of thoughts around him, and when he saw them, he exclaimed, 'Lord, who can be saved?' And he heard a voice saying, 'Only those who are meek and humble of heart." The evil spirits cannot touch those who are meek and humble of heart, for they are united with peace and silence. They have no negative thoughts."

#19 (page 72) from the chapter "Thoughts*" from the book, Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica (+2002 on the feast day of St. Mary of Egypt)
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1/15/14 6:41 P

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Obedience breaks down many barriers. You achieve freedom and peace as your heart practices non-resistance. You show obedience, and thorny hedges give way before you. Then love has open space in which to move about By obedience you crush your pride, your desire to contradict, your self-wisdom and stubbornness that imprison you within a hard shell. Inside that shell you cannot meet the God of love and freedom. Thus make it a habit to rejoice when an opportunity for obedience offers.
~Tito Colliander *Way of the Ascetics*


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"Suppose for a moment that God began taking from us the many things for which we have failed to give thanks. Which of our limbs and faculties would be left? Would I still have my hands and my mind? And what about loved ones? If God were to take from me all those persons and things for which I have not given thanks, who or what would be left of me?

~Fr. Patrick Henry Reardon

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Another good message from Abbot Tryphon:
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The Church is holy because her founder is holy, and because Christ has never abandoned His Church. The Church is holy because she is guided by the Holy Spirit. She is holy because she is always being purified and transformed anew, by the Holy Spirit. The Church is not holy because of anything we have done, but because God has made her holy.

If the holiness of the Church was dependent upon her people, most of us would have to be banned from membership. Yet this very holiness is based upon the fact that the Church does not turn away we sinners, but welcomes us with open arms. Because of the great mercy of God, and His tender love for us, we enter the very threshold of the Church with the expectation we will receive healing and forgiveness. It is within the boundaries of the Church that even the weakest of sinners can become holy, for holiness is the destiny of every Christian. Every Christian is called to holiness because our weakness is overcome by the strength of God's mercy. It is not about living extraordinary lives, but about being transformed by an extraordinary God.

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Complaining Bears the Fruit of Bitterness

Instead of complaining, do something about your complaints. Make a difference in your life, and the lives of those around you, by keeping focused on making a difference. If there is reason to complain, change your complaint into a positive action that changes your perspective. Complainers never change a thing by their constant negativity, other than make those around them want to take a cab to the other side of town. Complaining seems to many like such a little sin, and nothing to be worried about. Yet the impact of a complaining heart is spiritually ruinous, for when we complain we bear bitter fruits that destroy our peace and the peace of those around us.

When we refuse to fill our lives with complaints, we live our lives knowing that opposing the evil that is the root of our complaints, means we preserve our inner peace. Some live as though avoiding complaining will make everything worse, for by doing so they ignore the reality of negative things. Yet when we complain, we are returning evil for evil, and giving the fallen spirits the very thing they thrive upon.

Complaining never changes a thing, but only strengthens the power of the evil that is the very basis of our complaints. When we face every bad situation with a positive response, we empower the heart to good, by diminishing the power of negativity. By keeping a positive mindset, the sin of complaining is banished from our life, and everyone around us is bathed in a healing and healthy setting.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

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Such are the marvels, truly worthy of God, celebrated in this present feast [Holy Transfiguration], which is an image and prefiguring of the future state of the righteous, whose splendor the Lord spoke of, saying: "Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun" (Matt. 13:43)...

According to tradition, the Lord's Transfiguration came to pass forty days before His Crucifixion; this is why the Transfiguration is celebrated forty days before the Exaltation of the Cross.
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"If you love God genuinely and you also persevere in His love (cf John 15:9-10), you will never be dominated by any passion, nor will you be reduced to subjection by any necessity of the body. For since the body cannot be moved to anything apart from the soul, so the soul that is united to God by love cannot be led astray to the pleasures and cravings of the body, nor indeed to any other desires of anything visible or invisible, whether desire or passion. For by the sweet love of God the impulse of its heart or, rather, the whole inclination of its will is bound. When once it has been bound to its Maker, how can it be inflamed by the body or in any way fulfill its own desires? In no way!" St. Symeon the New Theologian




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"How can you find out if you are living within the will of God? Here is the sign: If you are troubled about any thing, this means that you have not completely given yourself over to the will of God. A person who lives in the will of God is not concerned over anything. And if he needs anything, he gives both it and himself over to God. And if he does not receive the necessary thing, he remains calm nevertheless, as if he had it. The soul which has been given over to the will of God is afraid of nothing, not of thunder nor of thieves - nothing. But whatever happens, she says, "Thus it pleases God." If she is sick, she thinks: this means that I need to be sick, or else God would not have given it to me. Thus peace is preserved in both soul and body."
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"Excessive care about worldly matters is characteristic of an unbelieving and fainthearted person, and woe to us, if, in taking care of ourselves, we do not use as our foundation our faith in God, who cares for us! If we do not attribute visible blessings to Him, which we use in this life, then how can we expect those blessings from Him which are promised in the future? We will not be of such little faith. By the words of our Saviour, it is better first to seek the Kingdom of God, for the rest shall be added unto us (see Mt. 6:33)."

~St. Seraphim of Sarov

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"If God is slow in answering your request, or if you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God."
~St. Isaac of Syria


This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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2/2/13 9:41 A

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St. Clement's desire for the church:

Let not the strong neglect the weak; and let the weak respect the
strong. Let the rich minister aid to the poor; and let the poor give
thanks to God, because He hath given him one through whom his wants
may be supplied. Let the wise display his wisdom, not in words, but
in good works. He that is lowly in mind, let him not bear testimony
to himself, but leave testimony to be borne to him by his neighbor.
He that is pure in the flesh, let him be so, and not boast, knowing
that it is Another who bestoweth his continence upon him.
I Clement 38:2

From St. Clement's letter to the Corinthians written sometime after the martyrdoms of Peter and Paul (66 AD?) and before the destruction of the Jerusalem temple (70 AD)

To read this wonderful letter go to:
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The chapters are very short (about 5 verses or less) and the letter is very readable, even to our modern ears. St. Clement was the bishop of Rome in the late first century and he is writing to the church at Corinth because they had exiled their priests (presbyters). This letter contains the first description that we have of apostolic succession of the bishops and priests.

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Jesus, bread of life, fill me who am hungry.

With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Matthew 19:26


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HYMN OF PRAISE: THE HOLY TRINITY

O, Holy Lord, holy in creating,
All that You create by Your Word, by Your Spirit You consecrate.
O, Mighty Lord, mighty in suffering,
For the world You walk to Your death; for the world, You resurrect.
Immortal Lord, in voice, we praise You;
Father, Son, Holy Spirit - God, have mercy on us!
The Father, Who appeared over Jordan as a Voice,
The Spirit, Who as a White Dove hovered,
The Son, Who by the Prophet John was baptized,
Three rays of light, one light shown,
The Trinity manifested, we praise You in voice:
Father, Son, Holy Spirit - God, have mercy on us!

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Christ does not say, "When you consider this life, remember the Kingdom and so let it inform what you seek." Rather, He commands, "Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness."
— Archim. Irenei, in "Beginnings of a Life of Prayer"

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"The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic
His giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves."

~St Nicholas of Myra

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ENDURING BOREDOM

"So first of all you must learn to sit with yourself and to face boredom..."

"Once you have learned not to fidget, then you can do anything, at any speed, with any amount of attention and briskness..."

Metropolitan Anthony Bloom

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DEAD TO THE WORLD

23. A brother came to see Abba Marcarius the Egyptian, and said to him ‘Abba, give me a word, that I may be saved.’ So the old man said, ‘Go to the cemetery and abuse the dead.’ The brother went there, abused them and threw stones at them; then he returned and told the old man about it. The latter said to him, ‘Didn’t they say anything to you?’ He replied, ‘No.’ The old man said, ‘Go back tomorrow and praise them.’ So the brother went away and praised them, calling them, ‘Apostles, saints and righteous men,’ He returned to the old man and said to him, ‘I have complimented them.’ And the old man said to him, ‘Did they not answer you?’ The brother said ‘No.’ The old man said to him, ‘You know how you insulted them and they did not reply, and how you praised them and they did not speak; so you too if you wish to be saved must do the same and become a dead man. Like the dead take no account of either the scorn of men or their praises, and you can be saved.’

From THE SAYINGS OF THE DESERT FATHERS compiled by Benedicta Ward, Cictercian Publications, ©1975, page 132

Colossians 3:1-3
1 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

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This is from Mother Teresa, a Roman Catholic Nun -- but what Orthodox Christian could disagree?:

"People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway.For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway."~ Mother Teresa

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"Do not relax the tension of your soul with feasting and drunkenness, but consider what is needful to be enough for the body. And do not rush early to meals, before the time for dinner comes; but let your dinner be bread, and let earth's grasses and the ripe fruits of trees be set before you; and go to your meal with composure, showing no sign of raging gluttony. In place of such pleasures, choose the joys that are in divine words and hymns, joys supplied to you by wisdom from God; and let heavenly meditation ever lead you upward to heaven."

"And give up the many anxious cares about the body by taking comfort in hopes toward God; because for you He will provide enough of the necessary things: food to support life, covering for the body, and protection against winter cold. For to your King belongs all that is produced from it; and God treats the bodily parts of His servants with exceeding care, as if they were His, like His own shrines and temples. On this account do not dread severe diseases, nor the approach of old age, which must be expected in time; for even disease will come to an end, when with wholehearted purpose we do His commandments."

"Knowing this, make your soul strong even in the face of diseases. Be courageous, like a man in the arena, bravest to submit to his toils with strength unmoved. Don't be utterly crushed in soul by grief, whether disease lies heavily upon you or any other hardship befalls you, but nobly confront labors with your understanding. And give thanks to God, even in the midst of your struggles, because His thoughts are wiser than ours, so much so that they are not easy or possible to discern."

"Pity those who are in distress, and ask for all the help that comes from God; for God will grant grace to His friend who asks, and will relieve those in distress. He wishes to make His power known to men, in hope that, when they have come to full knowledge they may return to God, and may enjoy eternal blessedness when the Son of God shall appear and restore good things to his own."

From a sermon by St. Clement of Alexandria that was preached to newly baptized Christians around 200 AD. I am quoting from pages 123-124 in the book "Living the Mysteries, A Guide for Unfinished Christians" by Scott Hahn and Mike Aquilina. published by Our Sunday Visitor, Inc., Huntington Indiana c.2003 (I bought this from "Eighth Day Books" but they don't seem to have it listed any more.)


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“To deny oneself means to give up one's bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts and desires; to suppress every evil thought; to avoid occasions of sin; not to desire or to do anything out of self-love, but to do everything out of love for God. To deny oneself, according to St. Paul, means ‘to be dead to sin - but alive to God.’”
- St. Innocent of Alaska


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O Lord our God... Stop the rushing of passions, and quench the burning of bodily tension. Grant us to live chastely in word and act, that we may live a life of heroic virtue and not fall away from Thy promised blessings.

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St. John Chrysostom speaking about baptism:
"Our first man is buried: buried not in earth, but in water; not death-destroyed, but buried by death’s destroyer, not by the law of nature, but by the governing command that is stronger than nature. For what has been done by nature, may perchance be undone; but what has been done by His command, never. Nothing is more blessed than this burial, whereat all are rejoicing, both Angels, and men, and the Lord of Angels."

From Homily VII on Colossians

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THE BEAUTIFUL PRAYER OF THE ELDER SOPHRONY

From www.abbamoses.com/daybreak.html

Prayer at Daybreak

Eternal King without beginning, You who are before all worlds, my Maker, Who have summoned all things from non-being into this life: bless this day that You, in Your inscrutable goodness, give to me. By the power of Your blessing enable me at all times in this coming day to speak and act for You, to Your glory, in Your fear, according to Your will, with a pure spirit, with humility, patience, love, gentleness, peace, courage, wisdom and prayer, aware everywhere of Your presence.

Yes, Lord, in Your immense mercy, lead me by Your Holy Spirit into every good work and word, and grant me to walk all my life long in Your sight without stumbling, according to Your righteousness that You have revealed to us, that I may not add to my transgressions.

O Lord, great in mercy, spare me who am perishing in wickedness; do not hide Your face from me. And when my perverted will would lead me down other paths, do not forsake me, my Savior, but force me back to Your holy path.

O You Who are good, to Whom all hearts are open, You know my poverty and my foolishness, my blindness and my uselessness, but the sufferings of my soul are also before You. Wherefore I beseech You: hear me in my affliction and fill me with Your strength from above. Raise me up who am paralyzed with sin, and deliver me who am enslaved to the passions. Heal me from every hidden wound. Purify me from all taint of flesh and spirit. Preserve me from every inward and outward impulse that is unpleasing in Your sight and hurtful to my brother.

I beseech You: establish me in the path of Your commandments and to my last breath do not let me stray from the light of Your ordinances, so that Your commandments may become the sole law of my being in this life and in all eternity.

O God, my God, I plead with You for many and great things: do not disregard me. Do not cast me away from Your presence because of my presumption and boldness, but by the power of Your love lead me in the path of Your will. Grant me to love You as You have commanded, with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength: with my whole being.

For You alone are the holy protection and all-powerful defender of my life, and to You I ascribe glory and offer my prayer.

Grant me to know Your truth before I depart this life. Maintain my life in this world until I may offer You true repentance. Do not take me away in the midst of my days, and when You are pleased to bring my life to an end, forewarn me of my death, so that I may prepare my soul to come before You.

Be with me then, O Lord, on my great and sacred day, and grant me the joy of Your salvation. Cleanse me from manifest and secret sins, from all iniquity hidden in me; and give me a right answer before Your dread judgment-seat.

Amen.

Elder Sophrony (+1993) of Essex, spiritual child of St Silouan the Athonite, gave this prayer to his own spiritual children, to be said ‘on rising from sleep.’ This version of the prayer is adapted from Hesychia and Theology by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, who writes, ‘If someone reads this prayer in the morning with contrition and attention, the whole day will be blessed.’

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"Do not be cast down over the struggle- the Lord loves a
brave warrior. The Lord loves the soul that is valiant."

~St. Silouan the Athonite

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"Slander is, an offspring of hatred, a subtle yet coarse disease, a leech lurking unfelt, wasting and draining the blood of love. It is, simulation of love, the patron of a heavy and unclean heart, the ruin of chastity."

~St. John Climacus






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"Our theology is first and foremost—experienced and prayed, and not only 'studied'."
~Fr. Seraphim Holland

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"Do not be surprised that you fall every day; do not give up, but stand your ground courageously. And assuredly, the angel who guards you will honour your patience."

~St. John Climacus



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"You will achieve nothing by your own efforts alone; yet God will not give you anything, unless you work with all your strength."

~The Art of Prayer

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"A person who does not follow a set rule of prayer using the traditional prayers of the Church runs the great risk of impoverishing his prayer and reducing its dimensions and scope to the limited perspective of his own individual desires and needs."

~Fr. Thomas Hopko

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"...write down your shortcomings as soon as you are aware of them, and then write out a prescription for how you intend to correct them."

~St. Theophan the Recluse


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Believe that everything that happens to us, even the least thing, happens according to God's providence, and then without trouble you will endure everything that comes to you.

Abba Dorotheos of Gaza

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Boldness of speech is success; anger is failure. Therefore, if we should aspire to boldness, we must be free from anger, in case anyone should attribute our words to the latter. For no matter how just your words may be, when you speak with anger, you ruin everything.

~St. John Chrysostom

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I just got a new "Ponderings" from Fr. Pat Reardon at All Saints Antiochian Orthodox Church in Chicago. It's about the wisdom and faith of Abel, Enoch, and Noah. I thought it was interesting and thought-provoking. You can join Fr. Pat's Pastoral Ponderings list by going to:
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January 8, 2012
The Sunday After Theophany

Father Pat's Pastoral Ponderings

Prior to the calling of Abraham, God provided the human race with certain introductory instruction through the deep perceptions of three patriarchs: Abel, Enoch, and Noah. In what Holy Scripture says of these men, we discern the initial steps of human education.

First, Abel examined the structure of the world around him and reached the conclusion "that things which are seen were not made by things which do appear." The "thing-ness" of the world, that is to say, was not self-explanatory. The world was not its own cause. On the contrary, it gave "evidence of things not seen." Abel's probing mind, gazing at this visible world, laid hold on certain invisible truths.

Chief among these, I suppose, were the simplest rational principles (such as causality and non-contradiction) and the basic axioms and elementary theorems of the mathematical order. These interests emerged from the intellect's encounter with empirical data. Abel's mind perceived in matter an explanatory reference, and this perception laid the foundation for logical discipline and, in due course, metaphysics.

It is not without interest to reflect that Abel was a shepherd; the pastoral life was eminently compatible with the leisured intellectual exertion required for mathematics and metaphysics. Standing guard over his flock, as it grazed on the grass of the fields, Abel sought deeper nourishment from a greener pasture. He sharpened the earliest human hunger for "the substance of things hoped for."

In the first generation that followed man's alienation from God, then, Abel took the first human step back in the direction of Eden. In the world of things seen, he perceived God's most basic self-testimony. This spiritual perception was an act of faith, in which Abel understood that "the worlds were framed by the word of God."

Abel's thought was followed by that of Enoch, who discerned the moral structure of existence. It was clear to Enoch, not only that God is, but also that he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him." To the deductions of mathematics, therefore, and the insights of metaphysics, Enoch added the requirements of the moral order. He perceived that whatever separated true from false also separated good from evil.

In the transition from Abel to Enoch we trace the noetic step from the invisible things clearly seen to the law written in the heart---man's conscience bearing witness to his responsibility. Just as Abel discerned the human mind as the locus where the universe learned the truth about itself, Enoch perceived in the human conscience the classroom where the universe was instructed about right and wrong.

The biographies of Abel and Enoch testify that neither man lived very long. The first was driven from this world by a violent human hand, and the second was summoned forth by a divine impatience, unwilling to wait longer for the delight of his company.

Since neither thinker remained long on the earth, it fell to a third patriarch to discover the moral structure of history; this discovery requires a bit more time. Living longer than Abel and Enoch, Noah carried their teachings to his consideration of culture and human affairs. If Abel was a metaphysician and Enoch a moralist, Noah was a prophet.

Tutored by the patriarchal tradition, which affirmed that God is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him, the observant and logical Noah became certain that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men who hold the truth in unrighteousness." Metaphysics and the moral order drove his mind to the necessity of the retributive eschata. Evil was unnatural; it could not go on indefinitely. Driven by the fear such a perception engendered in his soul, Noah got busy and "prepared an ark to the saving of his house."

Thus, in the three major patriarchs who followed the Fall, the human mind was enabled to grasp the true structure and significance of the world, to lay hold on the moral foundations of reality, and to act on a correct understanding of human events.

In this progression, humanity was duly prepared for the vocation of Abraham. Even as he dwelt in tents with Isaac and Jacob, Abraham was the heir of a thorough and intense tutelage. Though he left Ur not knowing whither he went, he was in no doubt about the universe---and university---he came from.


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"Neither does satan lead us towards evil by force, nor does the Spirit of God draw us to good by compulsion. Rather, they are both spectators, each urging us on in the direction our own will inclines."

~Philoxenus


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"Never confuse the person, formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him; because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of the person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement."
~St. John of Kronstadt

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"Some people give their whole self to material things. They spend the entire day trying to do a job well, and do not think of God at all. We should not end up there ... You should not give all of your being - all of your energy and heart - to material things. This way, one becomes a pagan - an idol worshiper. Do your best at work, but do not give your heart to the work you do; give only your hands, your mind. Do not give your heart to hopeless, useless things. If you do, then how will your heart leap for Christ? When the heart is with Christ, then even the work we do is sanctified, our soul is at rest and there is real joy in our heart. Make the most of your heart, do not waste it."
~Elder Paisios the Athonite


This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
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"The Lord does not reveal Himself to proud souls. The proud soul, even if it has read all the books, will never understand the Lord, for in its pride it does not allow any room for the grace of the Holy Spirit, and God is only experienced through the Holy Spirit. Pride does not allow the soul to enter on the path of faith. I give this advice to the unbeliever: let him say, "Lord, if You exist, then enlighten me, and I will serve You with all my heart and soul." For this humble thought and preparedness to serve God, the Lord will certainly enlighten him."

~St. Siluan of Mt Athos
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We are called to be martyrs in this world, to deny ourselves, take up our cross, and follow Christ. Sometimes that means losing our current social circles, losing our reputation and status, having to learn an unfamiliar rite, worshipping God according to a calendar that is not in step with that followed by the world, and doing a whole host of other things that make life just that little bit less comfortable, that make us appear strange, and that cause the world and even those in our past homes to laugh at us or reject us, but it has ever been thus, and if we do take up the Cross of Christ, what we will find is that the rewards, even in this life, make it truly worthwhile.

From: *Respectability and Conscience* by Michael Astley
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Another time some people where discussing politics at a certain house. "So, what do you say, Father?" they asked him. Once he recovered from the depth of his thought, he wanted to say something. "Who is governing now?"

from *The Life of Papa Nicholas Planas*

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Every physical and spiritual task which does not involve pain and, toil and trouble never bears fruit for the person who engages in it, for the Kingdom of Heaven is taken by violence and the violent lay hold of it.

~St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

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THE OFFERING OF FLOWERS TO GOD

I was in our cutting garden early this morning, soon after letting the hens out of the chicken coop. This section of our organic garden has been set aside exclusively for growing flowers to adorn the temple. All the major feasts of the Church are good occasions for placing fresh flowers around the icons, as well as throughout the monastery's common areas.

Flowers have long been used in Christian churches to show our love for God in a tangible way. They let us offer back to God that which He created for our enjoyment and pleasure, and like the lighting of candles, flowers as offerings allow us to demonstrate our love and devotion to our Creator, who first loved us.

~Abbot Tryphon
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Sing, O people! Sing the praises of the Mother of our God; for today she delivers her soul, full of light, into the hands of Him Who became incarnate of her without seed. And she entreats Him without ceasing to grant the earth peace and great mercy.
~Litya verse, Dormition of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary

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"...God comes into our lives when we invite Him with all our being, opening the gates of our heart from the inside. He will not come uninvited... The moment you are willing to give over your whole self to God- surrendering your life, your loved ones, your health, your victories and defeats - He will come to you and help you in ways you never dreamed possible."

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For a man to attempt to teach his neighbor, when he hath not been required [so to do], is the same as offering him a rebuke.

~ "Paradise of the Holy Fathers Vol.2"


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"If a man has on one side of him fire, and on the other side a vessel with water, then if he starts burning from the fire, he takes water from the vessel and extinguishes the fire. Like to this are the evil thoughts, suggested by the enemy of our salvation, which like a spark can enkindle sinful desires within man. It is necessary to put out these sparks with the water, which is prayer and the yearning of the soul for God."

Abba Poimen

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St. Seraphim tells us: "It is easy to humble yourself before God, while to humble yourself before people is more difficult." Indeed, it is precisely the ability or inability to humble ourselves before our neighbors that shows whether or not there is real repentance within us: whether or not we are walking along the right path of spiritual life. You must work on this.

Bishop Photii of Traditza



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"Not of this World" is an all-time favorite!

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No wonder, then, that it is so hard to be Christian--it is not hard it is impossible. No one can knowingly accept a way of life which, the more truly it is lived, leads more surely to one's own destruction. And that is why we constantly rebel, try to make life easier, try to be half-Christian, try to make the best of both worlds. We must ultimately choose--our felicity lies in one world or the other, not in both.

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God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the devil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance.

~St. Seraphim of Sarov

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Treat every man not with flattery, but simply, just as you do yourself. As you appear to him outwardly, be so inwardly as well....

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To love Christ -means not to be a hireling, not to look upon a noble life as an enterprise or trade, but to be a true benefactor and to do everything only for the sake of love for God.

~St John Chrysostom


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If your heart has been softened either by repentance before God or by learning the boundless love of God towards you, do not be proud with those whose hearts are still hard. Remember how long your heart was hard and incorrigible.

~Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic

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The knowledge of the only true God is far more than intellectual understanding. It is participation in His divine life and in communion with Him. Thus, eternal life is an ongoing, loving knowledge of God in Christ and the Holy Spirit

~from The Orthodox Study Bible notes on John 17:3: "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent."

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“Let heaven’s gate be opened today. For He who is without beginning, the Word of the Father, taking a beginning in time, yet not abandoning His godhead, is being willingly brought into the temple of the law as a babe of forty days by a Virgin Mother, and the Elder receives Him in his arms. The servant cries to the Master, ‘Release me, for my eyes have seen Your salvation’. You have come into the world to save the human race. Lord, glory to You!"

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The first step toward freedom from anger is to keep the lips silent when the heart is stirred; the next, to keep thoughts silent when the soul is upset; the last, to be totally calm when unclean winds are blowing.

~St. John Climacus
The Ladder of Divine Ascent: Step 8

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Courage does not consist in defeating and oppressing one's neighbor, for this is overbearingness, which oversteps the bounds of courage. Nor again does it consist in fleeing terrified from the trials that come as a result of practicing the virtues; for this is cowardice and falls short of courage. Courage itself consists in persisting in every good work and in overcoming the passions of soul and body.

~St. Peter Damaskos

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Pharaoh entreated, saying: "May God take away from me this death" (Exodus 10:17), and he was heard. Similarly, when the demons asked the Lord not to cast them into the abyss, their request was granted (Luke 8:31). How much more, then, will a Christian be heard when he prays to be delivered from spiritual death?

~St. John of Karpathos

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Yes - we must expect inconvenience -- and suffering -- and take up our cross and follow Jesus. What a wise insight from Fr. Patrick Tishel!

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Patience is born often out of situations that require more patience than we expected.
Love is born out of the necessity to give more than is comfortable, to sacrifice ourselves.
We might produce more virtue if we expect inconvenience and a little suffering, a fruitful inconvenience.
Then when the weight of a cross leans on our shoulders we will willingly lift it up and follow in the way of the Lord.
My yoke is good and my burden light.
(From Fr. Patrick Tishel's blog)

maybe this could apply to weight loss too?
Have a blessed feast day of Theophany!

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During a time of disturbance and warfare of thoughts, one should lessen a little even the ordinary quantity of food and drink.

Saints Barsanuphius and John


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“What is this mystery that surrounds me? I received the likeness of God, but failed to keep it. He takes on my flesh, to bring salvation to the image and immortality to the flesh. He enters into a second union with us, a union far more wonderful than the first. Holiness had to be brought to man by the humanity assumed by God, so that God might overcome the tyrant by force and so deliver us and lead us back to himself.”
~St. Gregory Nazianzus

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"The world is the gift of God. We must know how to perceive the giver through the gift. More precisely, since the time of the incarnation, the Passion and Easter, we can see the earth as an immense memorial, the tomb/womb in which Christ was buried and tο which he gave resurrected power through the power of his οwn resurrection. And the tree of the cross, which has become the tree of life, secretly identifies the earth with paradise and gives proof once again of the sacramental nature of things."

~Olivier L. Clément *The Glory of God Hidden in His Creatures*
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"I often quote Fr Alexander Schmemman dean of St Vladimir's Seminary who on one of his bad days was heard muttering: The Orthodox Church is the right church filled with all the wrong people! Yes, the whole world is filled with the wrong people, us, all of us, clergy and laity alike. But the Church is still the Body of Christ, the Church remains the same as it has been for 2000 years despite human failings. The faith is still the same. The Liturgy is still the same. And the meaning of the cross and the resurrection is that God can take any situation and bring good out of it."
~Fr. Bill Olnhausen of St. Nicholas Church in Cedarburg, WI

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"Prayer is by its very nature a dialogue and a union with God. Its effect is to hold the world together and to achieve a reconciliation with God. Prayer is the mother and daughter of tears. It is expiation of sin, a bridge over temptation, a barrier against affliction. It wipes out conflict, is the work of Angels and the nourishment of all bodiless beings. Prayer is the future gladness, an endless work, a wellspring of virtues, a source of grace, hidden progress, food for the soul, an illumination of the mind, an axe against despair, a proof of hope, sorrow done away with, the wealth of monks, the treasure of hesychasts, the reduction of anger, the mirror of progress, a demonstration of success, evidence of one's condition, the future revealed, and a sign of glory. For him who truly prays, prayer is the court, the judgment hall and the tribunal of the Lord before the judgment to come."

~St. John Climacus

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"We are saved not because we simply follow the moral principles that Christ taught, but because we unite with Him and thusly our mortal, fallen, and separated from God human nature is filled with life, re-united with God, immortalized and deified.

In short, this is the mystery of our salvation..."

~Archimandrite George, Mt Athos

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"Tradition is the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church – the life giving to every member of the Body of Christ the ability to hear, accept and know the Truth in its inherent shining, not in the natural light of human reason."
~Vladimir Lossky

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Elder Porphyrios [(Bairaktaris) the Kapsokalyvite (1906-1991)] would say: "I do not speak about Christ, unless others want to, unless they ask."

The Elder would say this not because of his ego, but because of his respect for the freedom of each individual.

He would further explain: "I pray for those people, I will even work miracles for them, but I do not speak to them. I want their soul to open up and to ask me."

People would say, especially the youth: "This is the first time we have seen a priest who says nothing to us about God."

When a young girl confronted him on this, the Elder responded to her: "I beg you, my child Georgia, do not misunderstand me as to why I did not speak to you about Christ. I did not do it out of disrespect, but out of respect, because I do not speak with anyone about religious matters unless I am asked."

By asking to hear something, a person willingly listens. And to these beginners the Elder would give a very light spiritual rule to follow to make sure they execute it with joy.

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BRING MORE EVILS UPON THEM

In the Septuagint version of Isaiah 26:15, we read the following:

"Bring more evils upon them, O Lord, bring more evils upon those who are glorious upon the earth."

Orthodox are familiar with this verse because it is chanted during Great Lent and Holy Week for the Orthros service. Those unfamiliar with the Old Testament, in which verses like these are quite common, often get scandalized by such verses due to misunderstanding and ignorance. Below is an explanation by Elder Paisios the Athonite taken from the book With Pain and Love for Contemporary Man:

Someone asked me, "Isn't the hymn we chant during Great Lent: 'Bring more evils upon them, O Lord, bring more evils upon those who are glorious upon the earth' a curse? And if it is, why do we still chant it?"

"When the barbarians are attacking," I replied, "and are ready to destroy a people just like that, and the people are praying that their enemies encounter obstacles, that their chariots break down and their horses get harmed, is that good or bad? That's what it means: that they may run into obstacles. It's not a curse."

Of course, unless we are being attacked by an enemy, it is difficult to apply this prayer literally. In this case we should pray it in a spiritual sense that those who are glorious and successful upon the earth may be humbled by the Lord for the sake of their salvation.
~J.Sanidopoulos
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Interesting thoughts from an interview with Dr. George Belawi,an Egyptian Christian who is a professor emeritus at Cambridge University in England, where he was a lecturer on Hebrew and Islamic Studies. The interview was divided into two articles, which are entitled "With the Desert Fathers of Egypt" and "Where the Cross Divides the Road" in Road to Emmaus journal, Vol. X, No. 3 and 4. Here's a quotation, from Vol. X, No. 4, pp. 48-49:

"Now, in England and America people say to me, "I am an individual in my own right." Well, I'm sorry, that's not Christianity. Individuality only came in with the Enlightenment. You are an individual, but you are also called to become a person, and that is how you practice love. You practice love as communion. If we talk about freedom, we have to tell people that this is the freedom of love, not a freedom to run wild. Freedom is guided by love of the Lord and by love for the community. That is, the community that I am actually a part of, not as people sometimes gnostically think of the Church as an idea in their head, or as an historical manifestation in books. No, this is the Church in the present - you, me, and the people we see around us.

A great problem in the West as a whole is the old Greek word "autonomy", which is philosophically identical to "individual." We have our own autonomy, but by emphasizing it alone, by standing on the ground of autonomy, I sin easily because I am within my own rights. You see, the fall of Adam is to eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. That is, I become the law of good and evil for myself, which means that I can disregard the commandments of God. When I become the law for myself, I create my own autonomy, tailoring it to what suits me. If I do this, there is really no way that I can live a Christian life.

Of course, I can attend liturgy, I can even wear vestments and speak about theology, but deep down in the heart is something else. This is where the Cross divides the road. If I am the law of good and evil to myself, then I am not crucifed with Christ. I am destroying my own baptism without knowing it, and even my communion in Church on Sunday is a condemnation for me. Perhaps I'm completely deceived and don't even know that I don't love people, and that I don't take the Gospel of Christ very seriously.

Now when it comes to the commandments, we Christians are not free. This is part of our obedience to the crucifed Christ. Also, Sts. Gregory of Nyssa, Isaac the Syrian, and John Chrysostom said there are two things that cannot be neglected by any human being - giving alms and forgiving injuries, because in both things we imitate God. If I do not obey the command to give alms and forgive injuries, I am deceiving myself if I think that I am really leading a Christian life."
~Dr. George Belawi


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From our church newsletter:

"The fathers of the Church tell us, “God became man that man might become god.” This is the key to understanding the mystery of Christ’s humanity; and in the Theophany (God’s revelation) of the Transfiguration, we understand that Christ’s voluntary suffering and crucifixion proclaims to the world that He truly is the radiance of the Father!"

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Encouragement for the fast:

"Let each one of us keep in mind the benefit of fasting... For this healer of our souls is effective, in the case of one to quieten the fevers and impulses of the flesh, in another to assuage bad temper, in yet another to drive away sleep, in another to stir up zeal, and in yet another to restore purity of mind and to set him free from evil thoughts. In one it will control his unbridled tongue and, as it were by a bit, restrain it by the fear of God and prevent it from uttering idle and corrupt words. In another it will invisibly guard his eyes and fix them on high instead of allowing them to roam hither and thither, and thus cause him to look on himself and teach him to be mindful of his own faults and shortcomings. Fasting gradually disperses and drives away spiritual darkness and the veil of sin that lies on the soul, just as the sun dispels the mist. Fasting enables us spiritually to see that spiritual air in which Christ, the Sun who knows no setting, does not rise, but shines without ceasing. Fasting, aided by vigil, penetrates and softens hardness of heart. where once were the vapors of drunkenness it causes fountains of compunction to spring forth. I beseech you, brethren, let each of us strive that this may happen in us! Once this happens we shall readily, with God's help, cleave through the whole sea of passions and pass through the waves of the temptations inflicted by the cruel tyrant, and so come to anchor in the port of impassibility.

My brethren, it is not possible for these things to come about in one day or one week! They will take much time, labor, and pain, in accordance with each man's attitude and willingness, according to the measure of faith and one's contempt for the objects of sight and thought. In addition, it is also in accordance with the fervor of his ceaseless penitence and its constant working in the secret chamber of his heart that this is accomplished more quickly or more slowly by the gift and grace of God. But without fasting no one was ever able to achieve any of these virtues or any others, for fasting is the beginning and foundation of every spiritual activity."
  — Symeon the New Theologian: the Discourses, pub. Paulist Press. pp. 168-169.

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Thank you CHLORALU - Here is some more I found:

Prayer for the Animals

Prayer for the Blessing of Animals
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Psalm 150
Alleluia! Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him for his vast, unshaking strength.
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
praise him for all his grandeur.
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!
(vs. 1,2,& 3)

Let us pray to the Lord.

O our master, Lord and God, in ancient times you blessed the flocks of the patriarch Jacob, and when you took flesh and entered this world as a small and vulnerable infant, you were sheltered in the manger with these very creatures of yours.

O loving Savior, after you taught us how to pray to your heavenly father, you used the birds of the air as a reminder of his all embracing providence, for everything that breathes is the work of your hands and acknowledges, each in its own way, the presence of your all holy and life-giving Spirit.

As we gather together this day to ask you to bless these various animals, let us see in them the goodness and beauty with which you endow all your creatures. By the example of our venerable fathers Paul and Anthony of the desert, Francis of Assisi, Seraphim of Sarov and Sergius of Radonezh, teach us never to abuse them or to take them for granted, rather let them open our hearts to your divine love so that, together with every living being, we may all sing your praises, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; now and forever, and unto ages of ages.

People: Amen.

From the Canticle of the Three Youths:
All you works of the Lord, bless the Lord!
For him the highest glory, praise that never ends!
Let the earth bless the Lord!
For him the highest glory, praise that never ends!
For all things growing within the earth, bless the Lord!
For him the highest glory, praise that never ends!
Watersprings, bless the Lord!
Seas and river, bless the Lord!
Dolphins and everything that moves in the deep, bless the Lord!
For him the highest glory, praise that never ends!
Birds of heaven, bless the Lord!
Wild beasts - and tame ones, too - bless the Lord!
For him the highest glory, praise that never ends!
Be bless'd, O Lord, throughout the vast and firm expanse of heaven!
Be praised in song!
Be glorified above all else, forevermore!
(sung as the animals are bought forward for the blessing)

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Thank you so much for these posts. Am trying to hard to disconnect from msm and while trying to do so, keep seeing atrocities to our animal friends, the loss of a giant panda to human error in China. She was 21 years old. 202 chimps are being moved to SA for medical experimentation. I can even begin to go on about that as we're all trying to be up, and God knows and is the Great Avenger.
Thanks so very much for this post with the quotes. Please post more if you find them.

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Thoughts on the souls of animals
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Souls:

"God said: 'Let the waters produce reptiles with living souls, and on the earth winged creatures flying across the firmament of heaven.' This is what happened." (Genesis 1.20) This translation is in Homily 7 on Genesis by St. John Chrysostom (18). It is also in my Grandfather's Russian Bible. It is also in the Greek in the Septuagint.

St. Basil the Great in his Hexaemeron:
"Let the earth bring forth the living soul" of domestic animals, of wild beasts, and of reptiles after their kind.

"Let the earth bring forth the living creature (Gen. 1.24)." Thus when the soul of brutes appeared it was not concealed in the earth, but was born by the command of God. (19)

The body-soul-spirit scheme of being is more accurate than the body-soul scheme is.

St. Theophan the Recluse says:
Letter 9 - Just what is the spirit? It is that force which God breathed into man when He created him. The earth bore all species of earthly creatures by God's command. From the earth also came every kind of living creatures soul. The human soul, although it resembles the animal soul in its lowest part, in incomparably superior to it in its highest part. That it is this way in man is because of it's bonding with the soul. The spirit, breathed by God, combined with it and raised it far above every nonhuman soul. That is why we note within ourselves, in addition to what we see in the animals, that which is peculiar to the spiritualized soul of man, and even higher, that which is peculiar only to the spirit.

Letter 11 - I will take up where I left off, that is, with what happened to the soul as a result of its union with the spirit, which is from God. From this union, the entire soul was transformed from being an animal soul, which it is by nature, into a human soul... The human soul, being such as described, displays aspirations above all this and rises a step further, because it is an inspired soul... (man) is the high priest in the sense that the voices of all creation praise God instinctively, while man raises praise to the Creator Above All with rational song. (13)

On Participation:

St. Maximos the Confessor in his Third Century on Love:

46. God, full beyond all fulness, brought creatures into being not because He had need or anything, but so that they might participate in Him in proportion to their capacity and that He himself might rejoice in His works (Psalm 104.31) through seeing them joyful and ever filled to overflowing with His inexhaustible gifts. (11)

Bishop Kallistos Ware says:
...all created things are God-sourced, God-rooted, finding their origin and fulfillment in him. (14)

St. John of Kronstadt says:
"All things are near to God." says the Russian proverb. Truly everything is near: all spiritual, and sentient creatures, the Angels, the souls of the departed, all living men, all animals, all material worlds. The Spirit of God passes through all things, a reasoning pure, most refined Spirit, dwelling in every believing, pious soul. "The wild beasts of the field are in my sight (Psalm 1:11)," says He. "I am with you always, even unto the end of the world (Matthew 28:20)." As an infinite Spirit, to God nothing is far away, but all things are in Him. All things live and exist in Him. (15)

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"Holiness is not simply righteousness, for which the righteous merit the enjoyment of blessedness in the Kingdom of God, but rather such a height of righteousness that men are filled with the grace of God to the extent that it flows from them upon those who associate with them. Great is their blessedness; it proceeds from personal experience of the Glory of God. Being filled also with love for men, which proceeds from love of God, they are responsive to men's needs, and upon their supplication they appear also as intercessors and defenders for them before God."

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"Here is a rule for reading:

Before reading you should empty your soul of everything. Arouse the desire to know about what is being read. Turn prayerfully to God. Follow what you are reading with attention and place everything in your open heart. If something did not reach the heart, stay with it until it reaches. You should of course read quite slowly. Stop reading when the soul no longer wants to nourish itself with reading. That means it is full. If the soul finds one passage utterly stunning, stop there and read no more.

The best time for reading the Word of God is in the morning. Lives of saints after the mid-day meal, and Holy Fathers before going to sleep. Thus you can take up a little bit each day."

~St. Theophan the Recluse (from *The Path to Salvation*)

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THE ASCETIC AND THE THIEF
(Taken from an Athonite Gerontikon)

There was an ascetic elder and anchorite, who had been leading an ascetic life in a desert place for seventy years, in fasting, chastity and vigil. Although he labored for God for so many years, he was never accounted worthy to receive a vision or revelation from God. Thinking about this and bearing this in mind he said, “Perhaps my ascesis is not pleasing to God for some reason I do not know, and my work is unacceptable; and on account of this I am not able to receive a revelation or behold any mystery.”

Contemplating these things the elder began to ask and supplicate God even more, praying and saying, “Lord, if my ascesis is pleasing to you and you accept my deeds, I – a sinner and unworthy one – ask of you, to grant even unto me a drop of your gifts, that I may learn from the appearance of a mystery that you have heard my prayer, so that emboldened and enlightened I may live out my ascetical life.” As the holy elder was praying and asking these things, he heard the voice of God say to him, “If you desire to see My glory, go to the inner desert and mysteries will be revealed to you.”

When the elder heard this, he went out of his cell and went far from there. A thief then came across him who, upon seeing the abba, violently rushed at him desiring to kill him. And when he caught him he said to him, “It’s a good thing I ran into you, Elder, so that I can finish my job and be saved. For we thieves have this custom and law and belief: that he who commits one hundred murders will surely go to paradise. So I, having labored hard, have murdered ninety-nine, and lacking one more I have tried hard to finish my hundredth and be saved. So I really owe you and thank you, because today I will delight in paradise because of you.”

And when the elder heard the thief say these things, he was beside himself and was afraid at this sudden and hopeless temptation. And turning the eyes of his mind towards God and reflecting on these things he said, “Is this Your glory, Lord and Master, which You promised to show me Your servant? What counsel is this You have given me, to leave my cell and be informed by this dreadful mystery? With such gifts you pay the recompense for the ascesis which I underwent for Your sake? Now I truly know, Lord, that all the labor of my ascesis was in vain; and every one of my prayers before You was considered as abhorrent and a desecration. However, I thank you for Your philanthropy, Lord, that, as You know best, You chastise my unworthiness, as is needed, because of my uncountable sins and you have given me over to the hands of a thief and murderer.”

Saying these things the pitiful elder thirsted greatly and said to the thief, “My child, since I am a sinner God has given me over to you for you to kill me and for you to have your way, as you have desired, and I to be deprived of life, as the evil man that I am. For this I ask you to do me a favor – a slight wish – and give me a little water to drink, and then cut my head off.” When the thief had listened to the elder, willing to fulfill the elder’s wish he put his sword back into its sheath, as he had been holding it out. And he pulled out a flask from his bosom and went to a river that was close by so as to fill it up and take to the elder to drink. And there where he went to fill the flask, he gave up his soul and died. So, when a little time passed and the thief did not come, the elder pondered and said, “Perhaps he was sleepy and fell asleep and that is why he is slow in returning and I will be able flee to my cell. But seeing as I am old, I am afraid, since I do not have the strength to run, and as one weak I will become tired and he will catch up with me. Then I will anger him and he will want to torture me without pity, cutting me in many pieces while still alive. Better I do not leave, but go to the river to see what he is doing.” So the elder went thinking about such things and found him dead, and when he saw him he marveled and was taken aback. And lifting his hands toward heaven, he said, “Lord Who loves mankind, if You do not reveal to me this mystery, I will not lower my hands. Therefore, pity my toil and reveal to me this thing.”

As the elder prayed these things, an angel of the Lord came and said to him, “Do you see, Abba, this dead man who lies before you? For your sake he was taken by sudden death, so that you may escape and he not kill you. Therefore, bury him as one saved. For obeying you by returning his murderous sword to its sheath in order to bring you water to quench the flame of your thirst, he pacified the wrath of God and was accepted as a worker of obedience. And his divulgence of the ninety-nine murders was counted as confession. Therefore, bury him and consider him among the saved. And by this, know the expanse of God’s philanthropy and compassion. And rejoicing, go to your cell and be avid in your prayers, and do not feel sorrow and say that you are a sinner and deprived of revelation. For behold, God has revealed a mystery to you. And know this too, that all the toil of your ascesis is acceptable before God; for there is no toil that is done for God’s sake that does not come before Him.” Having heard this the elder buried the dead man.
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Elder Sophrony (+1993) of Essex, spiritual child of St Silouan the Athonite, gave this prayer to his own spiritual children, to be said ‘on rising from sleep.’ This version of the prayer is adapted from Hesychia and Theology by Metropolitan Hierotheos of Nafpaktos, who writes, ‘If someone reads this prayer in the morning with contrition and attention, the whole day will be blessed.’

PRAYER AT DAYBREAK
(to be said on rising from sleep)

Eternal King without beginning, You who are before all worlds, my Maker, Who have summoned all things from non-being into this life: bless this day that You, in Your inscrutable goodness, give to me. By the power of Your blessing enable me at all times in this coming day to speak and act for You, to Your glory, in Your fear, according to Your will, with a pure spirit, with humility, patience, love, gentleness, peace, courage, wisdom and prayer, aware everywhere of Your presence.

Yes, Lord, in Your immense mercy, lead me by Your Holy Spirit into every good work and word, and grant me to walk all my life long in Your sight without stumbling, according to Your righteousness that You have revealed to us, that I may not add to my transgressions.

O Lord, great in mercy, spare me who am perishing in wickedness; do not hide Your face from me. And when my perverted will would lead me down other paths, do not forsake me, my Savior, but force me back to Your holy path.

O You Who are good, to Whom all hearts are open, You know my poverty and my foolishness, my blindness and my uselessness, but the sufferings of my soul are also before You. Wherefore I beseech You: hear me in my affliction and fill me with Your strength from above. Raise me up who am paralyzed with sin, and deliver me who am enslaved to the passions. Heal me from every hidden wound. Purify me from all taint of flesh and spirit. Preserve me from every inward and outward impulse that is unpleasing in Your sight and hurtful to my brother.

I beseech You: establish me in the path of Your commandments and to my last breath do not let me stray from the light of Your ordinances, so that Your commandments may become the sole law of my being in this life and in all eternity.

O God, my God, I plead with You for many and great things: do not disregard me. Do not cast me away from Your presence because of my presumption and boldness, but by the power of Your love lead me in the path of Your will. Grant me to love You as You have commanded, with all my heart, and with all my soul, and with all my mind, and with all my strength: with my whole being.

For You alone are the holy protection and all-powerful defender of my life, and to You I ascribe glory and offer my prayer.

Grant me to know Your truth before I depart this life. Maintain my life in this world until I may offer You true repentance. Do not take me away in the midst of my days, and when You are pleased to bring my life to an end, forewarn me of my death, so that I may prepare my soul to come before You.

Be with me then, O Lord, on my great and sacred day, and grant me the joy of Your salvation. Cleanse me from manifest and secret sins, from all iniquity hidden in me; and give me a right answer before Your dread judgment-seat.

Amen.

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ON PSALMODY

A Psalm implies serenity of soul; it is the author of peace, which calms bewildering and seething thoughts. For it softens the wrath of the soul, and what is unbridled it chastens. A psalm forms friendships, unites those separated, conciliates those at enmity. Who, indeed, can still consider as an enemy him with whom he has uttered the same prayer to God? So that psalmody, bringing about choral singing, a bond, as it were, toward unity, and joining people into a harmonious union in one choir, produces also the greatest of blessings, love. A psalm is a city of refuge from the demons; a means of inducing help from the angels, a weapon against fears by night, a rest from the toils of the day, a safeguard for infants, an adornment for those at the height of their vigor, a consolation for the elders, a most fitting ornament for women. It peoples the solitudes; it rids the market places of excesses; it is the elementary exposition of beginners, the improvement of those advancing, the solid support of the perfect, the voice of the Church. It brightens feast days; it creates a sorrow which is in accordance with God. For a psalm calls forth a tear even from a heart of stone. A psalm is the work of angels, a heavenly institution, the spiritual incense.

~St. Basil the great

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Thanks for posting! I love the Pentecost Troparion! I don't know how much I'll be able to post in the next few weeks while I'm tending my daughter and the new grandchild. Feel free to add any interesting and edifying Orthodox quote to this thread! Please!!!

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Blessed art You O Christ Our God
You have revealed the fishermen as most wise
By sending down upon them the Holy Spirit
Through them You drew the world into Your net
O Lover of Man, Glory to You!

Blessed Feast everyone!

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"But as [at the tower of Babel - Genesis 11] the old confusion of tongues was laudable, when men who were of one language in wickedness and impiety, even as some now venture to be, were building the Tower; for by the confusion of their language the unity of their intention was broken up, and their undertaking destroyed; so much more worthy of praise is the present miraculous one [Holy Pentecost - Acts 2]. For being poured from One Spirit upon many men, it brings them again into harmony. And there is a diversity of Gifts, which stands in need of yet another Gift to discern which is the best, where all are praiseworthy."
`St. Gregory Nazianzen, Oration on Pentecost

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"Just as one cannot buy education or artistic skills for any price without working at it, so one cannot attain the habit of exercising the virtues without zeal and diligence."
~St. Ephraim the Syrian, *A Spiritual Psalter* p.100

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"Let God's people then recognize that they are a new creation in Christ, and with all vigilance understand by Whom they have been adopted and Whom they have adopted. Let not the things, which have been made new, return to their ancient instability; and let not him who has 'put his hand to the plough' forsake his work, but rather attend to that which he sows than look back to that which he has left behind. Let no one fall back into that from which he has risen, but, even though from bodily weakness he still languishes under certain maladies, let him urgently desire to be healed and raised up. For this is the path of health through imitation of the Resurrection begun in Christ, whereby, notwithstanding the many accidents and falls to which in this slippery life the traveler is liable, his feet may be guided from the quagmire on to solid ground, for, as it is written, 'the steps of a man are directed by the Lord,and He will delight in his way. When the just man falls he shall not be overthrown, because the Lord will stretch out His hand'. These thoughts, dearly beloved, must be kept in mind not only for the Easter festival, but also for the sanctification of the whole life, and to this our present exercise ought to be directed, that what has delighted the souls of the faithful by the experience of a short observance may pass into a habit and remain unalterably, and if any fault creep in, it may be destroyed by speedy repentance. And because the cure of old-standing diseases is slow and difficult, remedies should be applied early, when the wounds are fresh, so that rising ever anew from all downfalls, we may deserve to attain to the incorruptible Resurrection of our glorified flesh in Christ Jesus our Lord, Who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever. Amen."

~Leo the Great of Rome, Homily 71: On the Lord's resurrection, I (Conclusion)

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"Divine Service [Liturgy] is the bright garment of Christ toward which everyone yearning for salvation is drawn, and in which internal power is hidden. According to the laws of physics, there are various types of storage units which, following the laws of physics, hold a hidden power which is revealed and acts at the proper time. Examples of such storage units in the natural world are electrical batteries, which save up electrical energy. We may characterize as a storage battery of spiritual energy, power, and faith, everything that is established by the work of the Church. As we have already said, all of the creative work of the Church over the centuries has been crystallized, concealing within it that direction of faith, prayer, love in which the people lived, people in whose liturgical experience everything in the Church developed. Of course, every contact with this condenser produces a spark, and frequent contact can even engender a flame, can re-ignite the candle stand of the soul, of the living faith which is hidden under the ashes. And faith is resurrected!"
~Archpriest Paul Svetlov

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"If we remember that thief who, for a single confession, was taken into Paradise, we shall realize that it was not for the merit of the life he lived that he obtained so great blessedness, but that it was his by the gift of God, Who had mercy on him. Or let us think of David, the king, whose two such grievous and awful crimes were wiped away by one word of penitence. Neither here do we see that the merit of what he did was equal to obtaining pardon for such great offense, but the grace of God did the more abound when on the occasion of true penitence He did away with all that weight of sin for one single word of genuine confession. Again, when we consider the beginnings of man's calling and salvation, which, as the Apostle tells us, is not of ourselves or of our words, but we are saved by the gift and grace of God, we shall be able clearly to perceive how the end of perfection is not "of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God Who showeth mercy," Who makes us victors over our vices, although we have no merit at all of life or labors to weigh against them, nor does the effort of our will avail for us to reach the steep summit of righteousness, or to subdue the flesh which we are bound to use... For the outcome of all good flows from His grace, Who hath bestowed so great an eternity of bliss and such immeasurable glory , with manifold generosity, upon the weak will and the short life-work of man."
~St. John Cassian, Institutes, 12.11.
(4th - 5th century)

This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
~Ruth Ann
Madison, WI
Link to one of my cookbooks which should also lead you to the rest of them:
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Let all partake of the feast of faith. Let all receive the riches of goodness. Let no one lament his poverty, for the universal kingdom has been revealed. Let no one mourn his transgressions, for pardon has dawned from the grave. Let no one fear death, for the Savior's death has set us free.

He that was taken by death has annihilated it! He descended into hades and took hades captive. He embittered it when it tasted his flesh! And anticipating this Isaiah exclaimed, "Hades was embittered when it encountered thee in the lower regions." It was embittered, for it was abolished! It was embittered, for it was mocked! It was embittered, for it was purged! It was embittered, for it was despoiled! It was embittered, for it was bound in chains!

It took a body, and face to face, met God! It took earth and encountered heaven! It took what it saw but crumbled before what it had not seen! "O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?"

Christ is risen, and you are overthrown! Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice! Christ is risen, and life reigns!

Christ is risen,m and not one dead remains in a tomb!

For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.

To Him be glory and might unto the ages of ages, Amen!

~from the Paschal Homily of our Father Among the Saints, John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople

This is the day that the Lord had made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit; both now and ever and unto the ages of ages, Amen.
~Ruth Ann
Madison, WI
Link to one of my cookbooks which should also lead you to the rest of them:
recipes.sparkpeople.com/Cookbooks.as
p?cookbook=6445


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