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

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      SPIRITUAL MORSELS from the Ancient Fathers

      I would like to post here pithy sayings of the Ancient Christian Fathers as they are given to me each week in our Church Bulletin and other sources... All are invited to contribute such morsels too...

      Here are this week's:

      Just as it is natural for ocean rocks to be pounded by waves,
      similarly man will undoubtedly come into contact
      with the assaults borne of thoughts.
      St. Ephraim the Syrian
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      It may not be God’s will.
      Time will show, because God knows better than us.
      God always wants what is good for us.
      Elder Arsenios Galanopoulos, the cave dweller
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      Firmly believe that the Lord is at all times everything to you.
      During prayer He is the power and the fulfillment in the
      Holy Spirit of each of your words.
      During pious conversation He is your living water,
      the ardent flow of your words at all times.
      He is everything to you.
      Be free from care in the presence of your Lord.
      He has enclosed you with Himself upon all sides.
      He penetrates you wholly and knows all your thoughts,
      all your needs and inclinations,
      and if you live in Him with faith and love,
      then no evil shall befall you.
      'The Lord is at hand; be careful for nothing' (Phil. 4:6).
      --
      St. John of Kronstadt
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      If you wait for the perfect conditions to work out your salvation,
      then you will never begin a God-pleasing life.
      St. Nikon of Optina
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      Marriage is a bridge leading us from Earth to Heaven.
      Archimandrite Aimilianos Simonopetra
      Mount Athos
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      Many people have never experienced
      the pleasure of a light stomach.
      St Paisios of Mt Athos
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      Fasting is an expression of love and devotion,
      in which one sacrifices earthly satisfaction to attain the heavenly.
      Altogether too much of one's thoughts are taken up
      with care for sustenance and the enticements of the palate;
      one wishes to be free from them.
      Thus fasting is a step on the road of emancipation
      and an indispensable support in the struggle against selfish desires.
      Together with prayer, fasting is one of humanity's greatest gifts,
      carefully cherished by those who once have participated in it.
      Tito Coliander
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      Pain of heart is the condition for spiritual growth
      and the manifestation of God’s power.
      Healing occurs to those in desperation,
      hearts pained but still trusting and hoping in God’s help.
      This is when God acts.
      Father Seraphim Rose
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      You see, if one doesn't cut away passions while young,
      then as one matures, the self-will is weakened
      and the passions increase.
      St. Paisios of Mt. Athos
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      People were not created merely to live here on earth
      like animals that disappear after their death,
      but to live with God and in God,
      and to live not for a hundred or a thousand years,
      but to live eternally.

      St. INNOCENT of Alaska
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      Would it be difficult for God to constantly help everyone?
      No, but then man would not be really helped in this way.
      A spoiled child, whose parents constantly give him chocolates
      so he wants them always to be giving him,
      will become
      lazy, ill-disposed and unfortunate.
      Man, too, will never mature spiritually
      if he is constantly assisted by God
      without struggling himself.
      Elder St. Paisios of Mount Athos
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      The proof of love is in the works. Where love exists, it works great things. But when it ceases to act, it ceases to exist. -- Pope St. Gregory the Great


      I pared it down slightly so it could fit in the title bar of an IRC channel.
      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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      This life was given to you for repentance...
      Do not waste it in vain pursuits...


      St. Isaac the Syrian

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      The upright live forever, their reward is with the Lord, and the Most High has them in his care. This is why they receive, from the hands of the Lord, a royal crown, a splendid diadem. He will shelter them with his hand and his arm will be their shield.

      Godís jealous love will display his weapon; he will arm all creation to punish his enemies. He will put on justice as his breastplate and right judgment as his helmet, invincible holiness will be his shield, implacable anger his sword, and the universe will march with him against the foolish.
      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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