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    Prayer & Christian Devotion - Thread: SPIRITUAL MORSELS from the Ancient Fathers

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      O foremost in the ranks of Apostles,
      and teachers of the world,
      O Peter and Paul.
      Intercede with the Master of all,
      to grant safety to the world,
      and to our souls
      the Great Mercy.

      --

      Apolytikion of Saints Peter and Paul
      Sung in prayer each June 29th in the Holy Orthodox Churches...

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      The holy Fathers
      referred to 'mine' and 'thine' as cold words,
      and wherever they are found,
      the bond of love is absent
      and Christ has departed.


      St. Gregory Palamas

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      Teach us to give and not count the cost.
      -St. Ignatius de Loyola
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      Christ be with me, Christ within me, Christ behind me, Christ before me, Christ beside me, Christ to win me, Christ to comfort me and restore me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ in quiet, Christ in danger, Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
      -St. Patrick
      Pope Gregory I was well known for his alms to the poor, and he gave quite generously of the riches donated to the Church by the wealthy people of Rome. Everything from money to land was given to the poor in some fashion. He made clear to his subordinates that their duty was to relieve the distress faced by the poor.

      He ordered his clergy to go out into the streets to find and care for the poor in person.

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      “How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves,
      in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures,
      in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end!

      It is the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves
      as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes.

      Happiness is found within ourselves,
      and blessed is the man who has understood this.
      Happiness is a pure heart,
      for such a heart becomes the throne of God.

      Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts:
      I will visit them,
      and will walk in them,
      and I will be a God to them,
      and they will be my people.
      (2 Cor 6:16)

      What can be lacking to them?
      Nothing, nothing at all!
      For they have the greatest good in their hearts:
      God Himself!”


      St. Nektarios of Aegina

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      After the resurrection our bodies will be spiritual,
      and not earthly ones,
      everything earthly will remain upon earth.

      Remembering what our future abode will be,
      Christians, let us, then, gradually
      detach ourselves from everything earthly.


      St. John of Kronstadt

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      Remain constantly before His face,
      think of Him,
      remember Him in your heart.

      Otherwise,
      if youonly meet Him from time to time,
      you risk losing your close friendship with Him.

      Familiarity with God
      is built on meditation
      and self-abandonment to Him
      during prayer.


      St. Isaac the Syrian

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      When Grace approaches a person,
      it does not change his nature,
      but it fills and overfills
      --
      as much as each
      person's vessel can hold
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      the same natural properties and good attributes
      with which his nature is endowed.

      Also it can reduce and remove natural weaknesses.


      Elder Joseph the Hesychast

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      And when we have cleansed ourselves with repentance,
      we shall see that the misfortunes sent to us
      were actually signs of the Lord’s mercy and love for us.

      And we shall understand that we need these
      more than all the good things of the world.


      Abbot Nikon Vorobiev

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      As the salvation of our souls
      is not gained solely by fasting,
      let us fill what is wanting in our fasting
      with almsgiving to the poor.

      Let us give to virtue
      what we take from pleasure.
      Let the abstinence of the man who fasts
      be the dinner of the poor man.


      St. Leo of Rome

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