Orthodox Thought for the Day


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Until healed, passions manifest again and again

A man can be harmed by another only through the causes of the passions which lie within himself.  It is for this reason that God, the Creator of all and the doctor of men’s souls, who alone has accurate knowledge of the soul’s wounds, does not tell us to forsake the company of men; He tells us to root out the causes of evil within us and to recognize that the souls’ health is achieved not by a man’s separating himself from his fellows, but by his living the ascetic life in the company of holy men.  When we abandon our brothers for some apparently good reason, we do not eradicate the motives for dejection but merely exchange them, since the sickness which lies hidden within us will show itself again in other circumstances.  St. John Cassian 

Remember that we are all weak, are very easily overcome by passions, and therefore be meek and patient to those who sin against you, knowing that you yourself often suffer from the same infirmity as your brother.  Forgive those who trespass against you, so that God may forgive your trespasses incomparably greater than the trespasses of others against you.  Be always calm, patient, kind-hearted, unsuspicious and firm, and you will always triumph over your enemies.  St. John of Kronstadt

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A means to correction

Temptations and trials show what hides in the heart of a man.  Temptation is similar to the medicine called an emetic.  An emetic reveals what is hidden inside the stomach.  So temptations and trials make manifest what is hidden inside a man.  The Holy Word of God and other Christian books point out the corruption of our nature, but we recognize it by actual experience or deed in temptations and trials.  Thus vainglory becomes evident through deprivation of glory, avarice through deprivation of riches, envy through success of one’s neighbor, and anger through disappointment.  If, then, you fall into various temptations, O Christian, this all happens by God’s permission for your great benefit, that you may thereby know what is hidden in your heart, and so knowing it, you may correct yourself. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

The necessity of ardent prayer

Pray, pray—just pray continuously now.  The miracles of ardent prayer are beyond description and explanation.  One marvels how the sea subsides and how the fierce winds stop!  Many times temptations arise like a fearful storm and relentless winds that threaten us with total destruction.  But by crying out the prayer, “Master, save us, we are perishing,” (Luke 8:24), you will see that all becomes calm miraculously, and we are saved.  Amen. 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

James 4:8 and the process of salvation

Make it your care to love Christ greatly, and this love will move you to love other people also, and to acquire patience.  Bring to mind our Christ.  His sacrifice on the Cross was not because we loved Him, but because He loves us; and poured out His Blood, in order to free us from sin. Pray, and God will help you ... And implore God to bring you close to Him, and to give you patience.  He is compassionate, and will hearken to you --- provided that you seek it from Him.
This is well worth watching and sharing with others:  An Ortho Answer to the Question: “Are you saved?” 

Sunday, August 16, 2015

On faith energized by love

He who loves God both believes truly and performs the works of faith reverently.  But he who only believes and does not love, lacks even the faith he thinks he has; for he believes merely with a certain superficiality of intellect and is not energized by the full force of love’s glory.  The chief part of virtue, then, is faith energized by love. 

Friday, August 14, 2015

Blessed Feast of the Holy Dormition

I put before you a posting from the past, still fresh for the sake of the honor and solemnity of this great feast of the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God.  There are new readers to the blog all the time—I pray they will be edified by the post as well as those who’ve been following along for years.  Xronia Polla to all who celebrate their Name Day on August 15, many blessings from the rich bounty of God’s holy mother! 
Your sister in the Faith,
Presbytera Candace
Beautiful hymns for the Feast here  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HHHhaWCr8FQ

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Choose one or the other


You must choose one or the other:  either perish eternally, should you remain as you are, or, if you do not want that, then repent and turn to the Lord and His commandments.  And why should you delay?  The further you let it go, the worse it gets.  Be aware that death is at the door.