Orthodox Thought for the Day


Monday, November 23, 2015

On fruit bearing trees

There are certain kinds of trees which never bear fruit as long as their branches stay up straight, but if stones are hung on the branches to bend them down they begin to bear fruit.  So it is with the soul.  When it is humbled it begins to bear fruit and the more fruit it bears the lowlier it becomes.  So also the saints:  the nearer they get to God, the more they see themselves as sinners. 

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