St Ephraim the Syrian: Sorrows

“In accordance with His plan, God permits each of us to be afflicted with various sorrows, so that it becomes clear which of us loves Him. And the evil one also tempts and torments our soul, not as much as he wants, but only as much as God allows him to.” – St Ephraim the…

St Ephraim the Syrian: Our Prayers

“Therefore be sure that every prayer that is not fulfilled is certainly harmful; but a prayer that is answered is beneficial. The Giver of gifts is just and good and will not leave your prayers unanswered, for in His goodness there is no malice and in His truth there is no envy.” – St Ephraim…

Father Seraphim Rose: Trials

“About your trials: most of them are natural parts of life, and God allows several of them to pile up because you are capable of bearing them. The numbness, which comes chiefly from exposure to politics in a sacred place where they do not belong, will pass. You must learn to suffer and bear—but do…

St John Chrysostom: Tribulations for Purification

“For God is able to free you from all these evils this day. But not until He sees that you are purified; not until He sees that a conversion has taken place, and a repentance firm and unshaken, will He entirely remove the tribulation. The goldsmith, until he perceives the gold well refined, will not…

St Justin Popovic: Christian Calling

“You are a Christian, your calling is to achieve eternal life, to fight day and night for eternal life; and for the sake of it, you must bear every torment, every hardship, every struggle with joy” – St Justin Popovic

Elder Joseph the Hesychast: Judgements of God

“Who knows, my child, the judgments of God? Everything is known to Him. He sees everything and nothing escapes His notice, but no one knows His will. The works of Satan are nothing next to the power of God. So when the Lord tests us as He knows best, we should show our patience and…

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica: Simple and Modest

“Love little things, and strive for that which is modest and simple. The Lord watches over us, and He is pleased that you long for His peace. Until the soul is ready, He will only sometimes allow us to see that He is present everywhere and fills all things. At these moments the soul feels…

St John of Kronstadt: Journey Towards God

“When, on your journey towards God, you encounter obstacles, that is, doubt, disbelief, an unpleasant feeling towards someone, or, indeed, any other passion, don’t let it trouble you. Just remember that all of this is smoke from the enemy, which is dispersed by a wave of the hand of our Lord, Jesus Christ.” – St…

St Sergius of Radonezh: Spiritual Struggle

“If you want to serve God, prepare your heart not for food, not for drink, not for rest, not for ease, but for suffering, so that you may endure all temptations, trouble and sorrow. Prepare for severities, fasts, spiritual struggles and many afflictions, for ‘by many afflictions is it appointed to us to enter the…

St Luke of Simferopol: Happenings of Our Life

“Remember, my beloved child, that all of the happenings of our life are part of the utterly unknown economy of God. Now we do not understand their meaning, but later we will understand them. Now we sense that we are treated unjustly and cursed. Later we will understand that from everything we would have an…