St Porphyrios: God’s Care

“God is love. He is not a simple spectator in our lives. He provides and cares like the Father that He is, but He also respects our freedom. He does not pressure us. We should have our hope in God’s providence and, since we believe that God is watching over us, we should take courage…

Mother Gavrilia: Everything in God’s plan

“Never ask: ‘Why has this happened to me’? When you see somebody suffering from gangrene or cancer or blindness, never say: ‘Why has this happened to him’? Instead, pray God to grant you the vision of the other shore…Then, like the Angels, you will be able to see things as they really are: Everything in…

Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia: Repentance

“To repent is to smile, not to frown—to look up, not down. It is not just the recognition that things have gone wrong, but the realization that through Christ they can be put right. It is not the sight of our own ugliness but the vision of God’s beauty.” – Metropolitan Kallistos of Diokleia

St John Chrysostom: Bride & Bridegroom

“Just as in the case of children, the baby which is born immediately from the first sight recognises its parents without being able to speak, so also the hearts of the bride and bridegroom are entwined together at the first sight without anyone to introduce them, to advise them, or to counsel them. Then seeing…

St. Silouan the Athonite: God’s Will

“The best thing of all is to surrender to God’s will and bear affliction having confidence in God. The Lord, seeing our affliction, will never give us too much to bear. If we seem to ourselves to be greatly afflicted, it means that we have not surrendered to the will of God. The soul that…

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…