Orthodox Thought for the Day


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Look for spiritual fruits

Unless humility and love, simplicity and goodness regulate our prayer, this prayer--or, rather, this pretense of prayer--cannot profit us at all.  And this applies not only to prayer, but to every labor and hardship undertaken for the sake of virtue, whether this be virginity, fasting, vigil, psalmody, service or any other work.  If we do not see in ourselves the fruits of love, peace, joy, simplicity, humility, gentleness, guilelessness, faith, forbearance and kindliness, then we endure our hardship to no purpose. 

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