Wisdom for the day – Elder Sophrony

“We must have the determination to overcome temptations comparable to the sorrows of the first Christians. All the witnesses of Christ’s Resurrection were martyred. We should be ready to endure any hardship.”

“It is essential to read the Gospel, that incomparable book. Then our life will be built up on the basis of the Word of God. And we will begin to think and make decisions in the spirit of the Divine commandments. How beautiful, when one begins to think like the Creator of this world!”

“When we begin to lead the Christian life, all our labor, all our struggle [podvig] is directed towards accepting even our enemies with love. In this consists the Christian’s martyric witness.

Elder Sophrony

We are each given many opportunities in our daily life to endure the hardship of misunderstanding or wounded feelings.

We need such things to help purify our hearts.

Does it not say: Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. Do not run from hardship but embrace it as sent by God for your good.

In a very real way the Church of our Living God is a wonderful field of practice for such things. — Father Wayne

Wisdom for the day – Abbot Tryphon

There are certain sins that have become habitual, and behavior that we would like to change, but seem to repeat, even against our will.

Saint Isaac the Syrian suggested that we confront these struggles head on.

“If you bear your weakness constantly in mind, you will not overstep the bounds of caution.”

Part of the problem is that we allow our guard to be down, and we find ourselves repeating the same sins over and over.

If we take Saint Isaac’s suggestion, we will keep vigil, watching out for those situations that bring us into moments of temptation, where we find ourselves falling into the same sins, over and over again.

When we keep ourselves vigilant, we are able to avoid those very situations that cause us to stumble, and, with Christ’s help, triumph over our sins.

God’s grace is sufficient to bring about the transformation of our heart, but we must cooperate.

Just as a soldier enters into combat prepared, so too must we be vigilant, keeping watch for the enemy. Then, just as the Holy Virgin received the Son of God into her womb, becoming a living tabernacle of the Most High, so too will we receive Christ into our hearts.

Abbot Tryphon

Wisdom for the day – Elder Amphilochios Makaris

A person can be raised up above the earth by two wings, one is simplicity and the other is purity of heart.

You must be simple in your actions and pure in your thoughts and feelings.

With a pure heart you’ll seek God and with simplicity you’ll find Him and be glad. A pure heart passes through Heavens gate with ease.”

Elder Amphilochios Makaris

Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

“What does the daily invocation of the saints signify – of different ones each day, during the whole year, and during our whole life?

It signifies that God’s saints – as our brethren, but perfect – live, and are near us – ever ready to help us by the grace of God.

We live together with them in the house of our Heavenly Father, only in different parts of it.

We live in the earthly, they in the heavenly half; but we can converse with them, and they with us.

God’s saints are near to the believing heart, and are ready in a moment to help those who call upon them with faith and love.”

St. John of Kronstadt

Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

“The Church, through the temple and Divine service, acts upon the entire man, educates him wholly; acts upon his sight, hearing, smelling, feeling, taste, imagination, mind, and will, by the splendor of the icons and of the whole temple, by the ringing of bells, by the singing of the choir, by the fragrance of the incense, the kissing of the Gospel, of the cross and the holy icons, by the prosphoras, the singing, and sweet sound of the readings of the Scriptures.

St. John of Kronstadt