Wisdom for the day – Abbot Tryphon

Our salvation is a process by which we become more and more like Christ. Our faith is a free gift from God, not dependent upon anything we can do, but this life long process of salvation requires that we cooperate with God’s grace, that we might be transformed by the Holy Spirit, and made holy. If we are to spend eternity with God, transformation must take place.

The sole purpose of the Church is the salvation of every human person, whereby we are united to Christ, and transformed by Him in all holiness, and prepared for eternal life. Through the Church we hear the Good News, that Jesus is the Christ, the Messiah, and that he rose from the dead, and because of this we have eternal life. This work of salvation is a gradual, life-long process by which Christians become more and more like Christ. Our salvation begins the moment we commit ourselves to Christ, and within the abounding grace of the Holy Spirit, we are ever drawn closer in communion with God.

Abbot Tryphon

Wisdom for the day – St. John Chrysostom

What the Lord did not endure on the Cross (the breaking of His legs), He submits to now in His sacrifice for His love for you. He permits Himself to be broken into pieces that all may be filled.
What is in the chalice is the same as that which flowed from Christ’s side.

What is the Bread? Christ’s Body.

Not only ought we to see the Lord, we ought to take Him and unite ourselves with Him in the closest union.

St. John Chrysostom

Wisdom for the day – St. Thalassios the Libyan

“Patiently endure the distressing and painful things that befall you,  for through them God in His providence, is purifying you.”

St. Thalassios the Libyan

Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

“We ought to have the most lively spiritual union with the heavenly inhabitants, with all the saints, apostles, prophets, martyrs, prelates, venerable and righteous men, as they are all members of one single body, The Church of Christ, to which we sinners also belong, and the living Head of which is the Lord Jesus Christ Himself.

This is why we call upon them in prayer, converse with them, thank and praise them.

It is urgently necessary for all Christians to be in union with them, if they desire to make Christian progress; for the saints are our friends, our guides to salvation, who pray and intercede for us.”

St. John of Kronstadt

Wisdom for the day – St. Porphyrios

“It is a great art to succeed in having your soul sanctified.

A person can become a saint anywhere.

He can become a saint in Omonia Square, if he wants.

At your work, whatever it may be, you can become a saint through meekness, patience, and love.

Make a new start every day, with new resolution, with enthusiasm and love, prayer and silence — not with anxiety so that you get a pain in the chest.”

St. Porphyrios, Wounded by Love