Wisdom for the day – St. Silouan of Mount Athos

“The soul of a humble man is like the sea:

throw a stone into the sea– for a moment it will ruffle the surface a little, and then sink to the bottom.

Thus do afflictions disappear down into the heart of the humble man, because the strength of the Lord is with him.”

 

St. Silouan of Mount Athos

Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

“When you are in the temple, remember that you are in the living presence of the Lord God, that you stand before His face, before His eyes, in the living presence of the Mother of God, of the holy angels, and of the first-born of the Church that is,
our forefathers, the prophets, Apostles, hierarchs, martyrs, reverend Fathers, the righteous, and all the saints.

Always have the remembrance and consciousness of this when you are in the temple, and stand with devotion, taking part willingly and with all your heart in the Divine service.”

“When entering the temple of God to pray, we should know and remember that we are the children of the Heavenly Father, and have come into His house; therefore we must stand there with son-like feelings of sincere love and gratitude in fervent prayer. Our spirit should cry, ‘Abba, Father!’ [Romans viii. 15.]“

St. John of Kronstadt

Wisdom for the day – St. John Chrysostom

“Since it is likely that, being men, they would sin every day,

St. Paul consoles his hearers by saying ‘renew yourselves’ from day to day.

This is what we do with houses: we keep constantly repairing them as they wear old.

You should do the same thing to yourself.

Have you sinned today?

Have you made your soul old?

Do not despair, do not despond,  but renew your soul by repentance,  and tears, and Confession,  and by doing good things.

And never cease doing this.”

St. John Chrysostom

Wisdom for the day – St. John Chrysostom

. . . [W]hen you are about to pass over the threshold of the gateway, say this word first:

I leave your ranks, Satan, and your pomp, and your service, and I join the ranks of Christ.

And never go forth without this word.

This shall be a staff to you,  this your armor, this an impregnable fortress, and accompany this word with the sign of the cross on your forehead.

For thus not only a man who meets you, but even the devil himself, will be unable to hurt you at all, when he sees you everywhere appearing with these weapons; and discipline yourself by these means henceforth, in order that when you receive the seal you may be a well-equipped soldier, and planting your trophy against the devil, may receive the crown of righteousness, which may it be the lot of us all to obtain, through the grace and lovingkindness of our Lord Jesus Christ, with whom be glory to the Father and to the Holy Spirit for ever and ever— Amen.

St. John Chrysostom

Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

A man becomes spiritual insofar as he lives a spiritual life.

He begins to see God in all things, to see His power and might in every manifestation.

Always and everywhere he sees himself abiding in God and dependent on God for all things.

But insofar as a man lives a bodily life, so much he does he does bodily things;

He doesn’t see God in anything, even in the the most wondrous manifestations of His Divine power.

In all things he sees body, material, everywhere and always – “God is not before his eyes.” (Ps. 35:2)

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ