St Basil the Great: Troubles

“Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man’s fortune; and many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away hunger.” + St. Basil the Great

St Silouan the Athonite: God’s Love

“The Lord loves us so dearly that it passes all description. Through the Holy Spirit alone can the soul know His love, of which she is inexpressibly aware. The Lord is all goodness and mercy. He is meek and gentle, and we have no words to tell of His goodness; but the soul without words…

Abba Macarius: Prayer

“There is not need at all to make long discourses; it is enough to stretch out one’s hand and say, “Lord, as you will, and as you know, have mercy”. And if the conflict grows fiercer say, “Lord help!” God knows very well what we need and He shows us His mercy” – Abba Macarius…

St Gennadius of Constantinople: God’s Will

“Give your intentions in prayer to God, Who knows everyone, even before our birth. And do not ask that everything will be according to your will, because a man does not know what is profitable for him. But say to God: “Let Thy will be done!” For He does everything for our benefit” – St…

St Porphyrios: Gift of Prayer

“Do you know what a great gift it is that God gave us the right to speak to Him every hour and moment, wherever we are? He always listens to us. This is the greatest honor we have. For this reason we must love God.” – St Porphyrios

St Iakovos Tsalikis: Spiritual Life

“We should lead the spiritual life, be obedient to our spiritual father, confess, take communion regularly, and, most important of all, avoid criticising other people. We should read spiritual books and Scripture, the Psalter, and take part in beneficial spiritual discussions. It needs a lot of caution, because the times we live in are difficult….

St Porphyrios: Become a Poet for Christ!

“Whoever wants to become a Christian must first become a poet. That’s what it is! You must suffer. You must love and suffer–suffer for the one you love. Love makes effort for the loved one. She runs all through the night; she stays awake; she stains her feet with blood in order to meet her…

St John Maximovitch: Humility & Struggle

“God’s grace always assists a struggler, but this does not mean that a struggler is always in the position of a victor; sometimes the beasts did not touch the righteous ones, but by no means did they not touch them always. What is important is not victory or the position of a victor, but rather…

St Nektarios of Aegina: Temptations

“Temptations come so that hidden passions may be revealed and so that it will be possible to fight them, and so that the soul may be rid of them. They are also a sign of God’s mercy. So give yourself with trust into God’s hands and ask his help, so that he will strengthen you…

St Seraphim of Sarov: Peace in Christ

“There is nothing better than peace in Christ, for it brings victory over all the evil spirits on earth and in the air. When peace dwells in a man’s heart it enables him to contemplate the grace of the Holy Spirit from within. He who dwells in peace collects spiritual gifts as it were with…

St Nicholas of Serbia: Truth

“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…