Wisdom for the day – St. John Chrysostom

“…we need to practice all the divine laws alike, and more especially that which bids us to consider no man as an enemy, nor retain resentment long, but forthwith to be reconciled.”

“If you forgive few things, He forgives you few! If you forgive many things, He forgives you many!”

“Let us not procrastinate till tomorrow. For we ‘know not what the next day may bring forth,’ nor let us say, ‘we shall conquer this habit little by little,’ since this little and little will never come to an end.”

“To you He has given charge simply to pray for the one who has injured you; but how to deal with him, He has ordered you to leave for Himself.”

“If you pardon from the heart, and sincerely, God in like manner also pardons you.”

“For nothing so fills the mind with impurity, as anger remaining constantly within.”

“How can you ask your Lord to be mild and merciful to you, when you have been so hard and unforgiving to your fellow-man.”

St. John Chrysostom

Wisdom for the day – St. Leo the Great

“…We must then so moderate our rightful use of food that our other desires may be subject to the same rule.

For this is also a time of peace and serenity, in which having put away all stains of evil doing we strive after steadfastness in what is good.

Now is the time when generous Christian souls forgive offences, pay no heed to insults, and wipe out the memory of past injuries.

Now let the Christian soul exercise itself in the armor of justice, on the right hand and on the left, so that amid honor and dishonor, evil report and good, the praise of men will not make proud the virtue that is well rooted, the conscience that has peace, nor dishonor cast it down.

The moderation of those who worship God is not melancholy, but blameless.”

St. Leo the Great – Lent the Season of Purification

Wisdom for the day – St. John Chrysostom

Let us give thanks to God continually. For, it is outrageous that when we enjoy His benefaction to us in deed every single day, we do not acknowledge the favor with so much as a word; and this, when the acknowledgment confers great benefit on us. He does not need anything of ours, but we stand in need of all things from Him.

In point of fact, thanksgiving adds nothing to Him, but it brings us closer to Him. For if, when we recall the benefactions of men, we are the more warmed by affection for them; much more, when we continually bring to mind the benefits of the Master towards us, shall we be more earnest with regard to His commandments.

St. John Chrysostom

Wisdom for the day – Saint Paisios

The elder said:

“Humility is acquired after struggles.

When you know yourself you acquire humility, which become a (permanent) condition.

Otherwise one can become humble for a moment, but your thought will say to you that you are something although in reality you’re nothing. and you’ll be deluded like that to the moment of death.

If death finds you with the thought that you are nothing, then God will speak.

If however your thought says at the hour of death that you are something and you don’t understand it, all your effort goes to waste.”

St. Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Wisdom for the day – Saint Paisios

Father Paisios used to say:

When we patiently endure our problems and turn to God for help, we notice that He gives us the best possible solution.