Orthodox Thought for the Day


Thursday, May 9, 2013

To draw or to repel God All-mighty

If you put something fragrant onto burning coals, you motivate those who approach to come back again and to stay near, but if, instead, you put on something with an unpleasant, oppressive smell, you repel them and drive them away.  It is the same with the mind.  If your attention is occupied with what is holy, you make yourself worthy of being visited by God, since this is the sweet savour which God catches scent of.  On the other hand, if you nurture evil, foul and earthly thoughts within you, you remove yourself from God’s supervision and, unfortunately, make yourself worthy of His aversion. 

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