Orthodox Thought for the Day


Saturday, December 7, 2013

Wisdom from St. Ambrose of Optina

If we abandon our own desires and opinions, and endeavor to fulfill God's wishes and understanding, we will save ourselves, no matter what our position, no matter what our circumstance.  But, if we cling to our own desires and opinions, neither position nor circumstance will be of help.  Even in Paradise, Eve transgressed God's commandment, and life with the Savior Himself brought the unfortunate Judas no good.  As we read in the Holy Gospels, we require patience and an inclination to pious living. 

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