Wisdom for the day – Monk Tryphon

It is also imperative that the spiritual direction given by a priest in confession must be for the penitents ears only.

If the priest is not permitted to divulge what the penitent says in confession, then the penitent should not divulge what his confessor says. This does not mean sharing what was said by the priest during your confession is anywhere near as reprehensible as having your sins revealed by the priest, but sharing anything said by either the priest, or the penitent, opens the door to breaking the Seal of Confession, for this could easily lead to a friend sharing your confidentially shared words with another person, and having it passed on as gossip to any number of people.

Monk Tryphon

Wisdom for the day – St. Silouan the Athonite

God helps us in what is good, while the enemy incites us to evil, but this depends also on our own wills; we must constrain ourselves to do good, but with moderation and knowing the measure of our strength. We must study our souls to know what is salutory for us: it may be more profitable for one man to pray, for another to read or write. It is a good thing to read but it is better to pray without distraction, and better still to weep: to each as it is given to him by the Lord. To be sure, when we rise from sleep we must render thanks to God, then repent and pray our fill. Next, we should read to rest the mind, and after that pray again, and then work.

Grace proceeds from everything that is good.

But above all from brotherly love.

St. Silouan the Athonite

Wisdom for the day – St. Athanasius

“The good God has given them a share in His own Image, that is, in our Lord Jesus Christ, and has made even themselves after the same Image and Likeness.

Why?

Simply in order that through this gift of God-likeness in themselves they may be able to perceive the Image Absolute, that is the Word Himself, and through Him to apprehend the Father; which knowledge of their Maker is for men the only really happy and blessed life.”

St Athanasius, On the Incarnation

Wisdom for the day – St. Anthony the Great

“Learn to love humility, for it will cover all you sins.

All sins are repulsive before God, but the most repulsive of all is pride of the heart.

Do not consider yourself learned and wise; otherwise, all your effort will be destroyed, and your boat will reach the harbor empty.

If you have great authority, do not threaten anyone with death.

Know that, according to nature, you too are susceptible to death, and that
every soul sheds its body as its final garment.”

St. Anthony the Great

Wisdom for the day – Elder Sophrony

“Jesus Christ, being meek and humble in heart, never sought out desired praise from others.

So too we should never boast or pride ourselves on anything at all, or seek praise from others. For instance, if you do good to others, if you give alms, if you live more piously than others, or if you are more intelligent than your fellows, do not be proud of it either before men or to yourself, because all that you have that is good and praiseworthy is not yours but the gift of God only sins and weaknesses are your own, and all the rest is God’s.

Elder Sophrony