Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

There is, my brethren, a true, real life, and there is a false, imaginary life.

To live in order to eat, drink, dress, walk; to enrich ourselves in general, to live for earthly pleasures or cares, as well as to spend time in intriguing and underhand dealings; to think ourselves competent judges of everything and everybody is the imaginary life; whilst to live in order to please God and serve our neighbors, to pray for the salvation of their souls and to help them in the work of their salvation in every way, is to lead the true life.

The first life is continual spiritual death, the second – the uninterrupted life of the spirit.

St. John of Kronstadt

Wisdom for the day – Alfred the Great

“For in prosperity a man is often puffed up with pride, whereas tribulations chasten and humble him through suffering and sorrow. In the midst of prosperity the mind is elated, and in prosperity a man forgets himself; in hardship he is forced to reflect on himself, even though he be unwilling. In prosperity a man often destroys the good he has done; amidst difficulties he often repairs what he long since did in the way of wickedness.”

Alfred the Great, profound perspective by this early King of England

Wisdom for the day – St. Bede the Venerable

Whenever we enter the church and draw near to the heavenly Mysteries, we ought to Approach with all humility and fear, both because of the presence of the Angelic powers and out of reverence due to the Sacred Oblation; for as the angels are said to have stood by the Lord’s body when He lay in the tomb, so we must believe that they are present in the celebration of the Mysteries of His most Sacred Body at the time of the consecration.

St. Bede the Venerable

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 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

Wisdom for the day – St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

“You look into a mirror so that you may know what is in your face, whether there are any blemishes in it, and having seen blemishes, you cleanse them. Let the immaculate life of Christ be a mirror to your soul. Does it desire the same things that Christ desires?

And does it do what Christ did when He lived on earth?

And in it you will see what is contrary to the life of Christ, and you will cleanse it all like blemishes with repentance and contrition of heart.”

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk