Father Seraphim Rose: Focus On Yourself

“Don’t criticize or judge other people—regard everyone else as an angel, justify their mistakes and weaknesses, and condemn only yourself as the worst sinner. This is step one in any kind of spiritual life” – Father Seraphim Rose

St John Chrysostom: Afflictions

“Afflictions, illness, ill health and the pains that our bodies experience are counted for the remission of our trespasses. They are the furnace in which we are purified” – St John Chrysostom

St John Chrysostom: Scriptures

“To get the full flavor of an herb, it must be pressed between the fingers, so it is the same with the Scriptures; the more familiar they become, the more they reveal their hidden treasures and yield their indescribable riches.” —St. John Chrysostom  

St John Chrysostom: Marriage

“If a man and a woman marry in order to be companions on the journey to heaven, then their union will bring them great joy” – St John Chrysostom

Job 42:2: God’s Purpose

“I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted” – Job 42:2

St Nektarios of Aegina: Trials

“The man who is not tested will be ignorant of the truth. Trials are an indisputable witness of God’s love and compassion for man, wherefore also he must give thanks in everything. A man’s imperfection calls for trials to perfect him; trials open the mental eyes of the lovers of God to the light of…