St John of Kronstadt: Prayer

“Sometimes we stand praying in church or at home, in a state of spiritual and bodily prostration; then powerless, cold, unfruitful is our soul, like some heathen, unfruitful temple; but as soon as we make an effort, and force our heart to sincere prayer to God, turn our thoughts and heart towards Him with living…

Elder Ephraim Vatopaidinos: Spiritual Sickness

“When people fall ill, they go to the doctor to have tests done, to diagnose their illness and to be given the appropriate medication so that they’ll recover. But the greatest sickness is sin. And the remedy is confession and repentance. We have to attend church and live within the grace of God.” – Elder…

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica: Fallen Spirits

“Because God is present everywhere, the fallen spirits cannot do what they want. They can harm us mostly through other people. We can protect ourselves from them only with the power of God. Man has been given great strength, and if we could only concentrate our thoughts in prayer, the fallen spirits would not be…

St John of Kronstadt: Peace of Heart

“The greatest gift of God, which we mostly need and which we very often obtain from God, through our prayers, is peace or rest of heart. As the Lord Himself says: “Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Therefore, having obtained this rest, rejoice, and…

St Porphyrios: Love

“He who loves a little, gives a little. He who loves more gives more. And he who loves beyond measure, what does he give? He gives himself!” – St Porphyrios

St Silouan The Athonite: Thoughts

“When bad thoughts are planted in you, then cry to God: “Lord, my Maker and Creator. You see that my soul is in agony from bad thoughts. Have mercy on me.” Teach yourself to root out thoughts immediately. But when you forget and don’t root them out immediately, then offer repentance. Work on this, so…

St Silouan the Athonite: Stand Firm in God

“Stand fast; hope firmly in God, and the enemy will not keep ground.  By the grace of God I know that the Lord mercifully cares for us, and not one prayer is lost with God.” – St Silouan the Athonite

St Paisios: A Humble Person…

“A truly humble person never behaves like a teacher; he will listen, and, whenever his opinion is requested, he responds humbly. In other words, he replies like a student. He who believes that he is capable of correcting others is filled with egotism.” – St Paisios

St. Isaac the Syrian: Narrow Path

“Whenever in your path you find unchanging peace, beware: you are very far from the divine paths trodden by the weary feet of the saints. For as long as you are journeying in the way to the city of the Kingdom and are drawing nigh the city of God, this will be a sign for…

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica: Will of God

“We must be prepared to accept the will of God. The Lord permits all sorts of things to happen to us contrary to our will, for if we always have it our way, we will not be prepared for the Kingdom of Heaven. Neither heaven nor earth will receive those who are self-willed. God has…