St Nikon of Optina: Only sorrow-less place

“There never was, and never will be a place on earth free from sorrows. The only sorrow-less place possible is the heart, when The Lord is present there.” – St. Nikon of Optina  

St Anthony The Great: The Intelligent Man

“Men are often called intelligent wrongly. Intelligent men are not those who are erudite in the sayings and books of the wise men of old, but those who have an intelligent soul and can discriminate between good and evil. They avoid what is sinful and harms the soul; and with deep gratitude to God they…

St. John Chrysostom: Despise the Petty Concerns

“The soul that has not learnt to despise the petty concerns of everyday life will not be able to marvel at the things of Heaven. Let no one enter the Church bringing with him the cares, distractions, or fears of everyday life. Let us all enter having first left all these things outside, at the…

St Mark the Ascetic: Thank God for Everything

“If it is not easy to find anyone conforming to God’s will who has not been put to the test, we ought to thank God for everything that happens to us.” – St Mark the Ascetic

St John Chrysostom: Sharing Christ With Others

“Nothing is more frigid than a Christian who is in­different to the salvation of others. Indeed I won­der if such a person can be a true Christian. To become a disciple of Christ is to obey his law of love; and obedience to the law brings joy beyond measure and description. Love means to want…

St. Porphyrios: Fill your Soul with Christ

“When people are empty of Christ, a thousand and one other things come and fill them up: jealousies, hatreds, boredom, melancholy, resentment, a worldly outlook, worldly pleasures. Try to fill your soul with Christ so that it’s not empty.” – St. Porphyrios

St. Porphyrios: Live with Hope

“I have consciousness of my sinfulness, but I live with hope. It is bad to despair, because someone who despairs becomes embittered and loses his willingness and strength. Someone who has hope, on the contrary, advances forward” – St. Porphyrios

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk: Humility is Light.

“When pride retreats from a man, humility begins to dwell in him, and the more pride is diminished, so much more does humility grow. The one gives way to the other as its opposite. Darkness departs and light appears. Pride is darkness, but humility is light” – St. Tikhon of Zadonsk  

St. Porphyrios: Repentance and Confession

“There is nothing higher than what is called repentance and confession.  This sacrament is the offering of God’s love to mankind.  In this perfect way a person is freed of evil.  We go and confess and we sense our reconciliation with God; joy enters us and guilt departs.  In the Orthodox Church there is no…