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

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      All the programs I made—all failed.
      For this reason,
      I let God make the program of my life.


      +Elder Epiphanios Theodoropoulos of Patmos

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      The Lord is so holy,
      so simple in His holiness,
      that one single evil or impure thought
      deprives us of Him,
      of the sweet and most sweet,
      of the pure and most pure
      peace and light of our souls.


      St. John of Kronstadt

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      While forgiveness is guaranteed to repentance...
      Tomorrow is not guaranteed to procrastination...


      [I can't remember which Father gave this]

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      Saint Ephraim the Syrian (306 – 373),
      “The Church is not the assembly of saints,
      it is the mass of sinners who are repenting,
      who, sinners though they are,
      have turned towards God
      and are oriented towards Him.”

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      "Whoever sees in himself the traces of hatred toward any man,
      on account of any kind of sin,
      is completely foreign to the love of God.
      For love toward God does not at all tolerate hatred for man."


      St. Maximos the Confessor Chapters on Love, 1.15
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      Like a tree planted by streams of water, (Ps. 1:3)
      the soul is irrigated by the Holy Scriptures
      and acquires vigor, produces tasty fruit,
      namely, true faith,
      and is beautified with a thousand green leaves,
      namely actions that please God.
      The Holy Scriptures, in fact,
      lead us towards pure holiness and holy actions.
      In it we find encouragement to all the virtues
      and the warning to flee from evil.


      St. John Damascene

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      For even if we do not seek virtue,
      but at least praise it,
      we shall perhaps be able to attain it;
      and even if we do not avoid evil,
      but at least censure it,
      we shall perhaps be able to escape it.


      St. John Chrysostom

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      The Christian,
      who is called to a heavenly country,
      who is only a stranger and a sojourner upon earth,
      ought not attach his heart to anything earthly,
      but should cling to God alone,
      the Source of life,
      our resurrrection,
      and the Life eternal.


      St. John of Kronstadt

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      Why art thou wholly given up to the passions and desires of the flesh,
      and why is there no looking upward?
      Know thou that all flesh is grass
      and all the glory of man as the flower of grass.
      The grass withereth,
      and the flower thereof falleth away;
      but the word of my Lord,
      which by the gospel is preached unto all,
      shall endure forever


      St. John Damascene

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      ...those who reject fasting
      take away from themselves and from others
      the arms against their flesh,
      with, its manifold passions,
      and against the Devil,
      both of which are especially powerful against us
      through our intemperance;


      St. John of Kronstadt

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