“It seems to me, and I am personally convinced, that the Church must never speak from a position of strength. [These are shocking words.] It ought not to be one of the forces influencing this or that state. The Church ought to be, if you will, just as powerless as God himself, which does not…
“It would be a great lie to tell searching souls: ‘Go to church, because there you will find peace.’ The opposite is true. The Church tells those who are at peace and asleep: ‘Go to church, because there you will feel real anguish for your sins, for your perdition, for the world’s sins and perdition….
“People who are really brave are those who never despair.” – St John Chrysostom
“The more we go out into the world, the more we give ourselves to the world, the less we are of the world, because what is of the world does not give itself to the world.” – St Maria of Paris
“When God wants to have mercy on someone, He inspires someone else to pray for him, and He helps in this prayer.” – St. Silouan the Athonite (Writings, XX.9)
“Complete trust in God – that’s what holy humility is. Complete obedience to God, without protest, without reaction, even when some things seem difficult and unreasonable. Abandonment to the hands of God. The words we repeat during the Divine Liturgy say it all: ‘Let us commend our whole life to Christ our God.’ The secret…
“The bee is more honoured than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.” – St John Chrysostom
“God has not forgotten the man to whom He sends suffering and trials, but in this way is proving His closeness to him.” – St John Chrysostom