St. Silouan the Athonite: Suffering

“Some suffer much from poverty and sickness, but are not humbled, and so they suffer without profit. But one who is humbled will be happy in all circumstances, because the Lord is his riches and joy, and all people will wonder at the beauty of his soul.” – St. Silouan the Athonite (Writing, III.9)

St. Philaret of Moscow: Nothing is More Opposed to God than Pride

“Nothing is more opposed to God than pride, for self-deification is concealed in it, its own nothingness or sin. Thus more than anything humility is acceptable to God, which considers itself nothing, and attributes all goodness, honor, and glory to God alone. Pride does not accept grace, because it is full of itself, while humility…

St. John Chrysostom: Helping Others

“Do you think that the man-loving God has given you much so that you could use it only for your own benefit? No, but so that your abundance might supply the lack of others” – St. John Chrysostom (Conversations on the Book of Genesis, 20)

St. Isaac the Syrian: Love is the Fruit of Prayer

“Love is the fruit of prayer … Patiently abiding in prayer signifies a man’s renunciation of himself. Therefore the self-denial of the soul turns into love for God” – St. Isaac the Syrian (Homily, 43)  

St. Justin Popovich: Love for Christ

“Love for Christ overflows into love for one’s neighbor, love for truth, love for holiness, for the world, for purity, for everything divine, for everything deathless and eternal … All these forms of love are natural manifestations of love for Christ. Christ is the God-man, and love for Him always means love for God and…

St. Gabriel of Imereti: Working for the Glory of God.

“No matter who you are, what kind of work you do, give an account of yourself as to how you have performed your work: as a Christian, or as a heathen (that is, motivated by self-love and worldly pleasure). A Christian must remember that every deed, even the smallest, has a moral principle. A Christian,…

St. Theophan the Recluse: Way to Salvation

“As it is not possible to walk without feet or fly without wings, so it is impossible to attain the Kingdom of Heaven without the fulfillment of the commandments” – St. Theophan the Recluse (Five Teaching on the Way to Salvation, 3)  

St. Silouan the Athonite: Love Thy Enemies.

“Whoever will not love his enemies cannot know the Lord and the sweetness of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit teaches us to love our enemies in such way that we pity their souls as if they were our own children.” – St. Silouan the Athonite (Writings, I.11)

St. Isaac the Syrian: Love sinners, but hate their deeds!

“Love sinners, but hate their deeds, and do not disdain sinners for their failings, so that you yourself do not fall into the temptation in which they abide… Do not be angry at anyone and do not hate anyone, neither for their faith, nor for their shameful deeds… Do not foster hatred for the sinner,…

Matthew 14: 22-33

“Immediately Jesus made His disciples get into the boat and go before Him to the other side, while He sent the multitudes away. And when He had sent the multitudes away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. Now when evening came, He was alone there. But the boat was now in…

Matthew 16: 24-26

“Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. For what profit is it to a man if…