Wisdom for the day – Elder Sophrony

Allow us, O Lord, to glorify You, until our dying breath…..

One can fall into deception, either out of inexperience, or out of pride.  And if it is out of inexperience, the Lord heals the deceived one very quickly; however, if it is on account of pride, then the soul will be struggling for a very long time, until it has learnt humility and will then be healed by the Lord.  We fall into a deception, when we consider ourselves more prudent and experienced than the others – even our own spiritual father.

This is what I myself had thought -in my inexperience- and this was the reason that I suffered.  And I thank the Lord from my heart, because in this way, He humbled me and admonished me, and did not revoke His mercy from me.

Now it occurs to me that without confessing to our spiritual father, it will not be possible to avoid deception, because it was to the spiritual father that God gave the gift of “binding and unbinding”.

Elder Sophrony

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

* Omonia Square: the commercial center of Athens, also synonymous with vice and corruption

Wisdom for the day – Metropolitan JOSEPH

“Tithing is not just for converts.

It is not just for the rich.

It is for all of us.

It brings us peace, knowing that we have given to God what is rightfully His.

It makes our parishes strong by providing the support it needs.

It builds up our youth, who see our gratitude to God and are in turn grateful to their parents.

Yes, if you really want your children to appreciate what you do for them, try being an example of gratitude.”

His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

Wisdom for the day – St. John of Kronstadt

“Do not be irritated either with those who sin or those who offend; do not have a passion for noticing every sin in your neighbor, and for judging him, as we are in the habit of doing.

Everyone shall give an answer to God for himself.

Everyone has a conscience; everyone hears God’s Word, and knows God’s Will either from books or from conversation with other people.

Especially do not look with evil intention upon the sins of your elders, which do not regard you; “to his own master he standeth or falleth.”

Correct your own sins, amend your own life.”

St. John of Kronstadt

Wisdom for the day – St. Cyril of Alexandria

“If the poison of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist; and that Bread, Which is your God humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility.

If the fever of selfish greed rages in you, feed on this Bread; and you will learn generosity.

If the cold wind of coveting withers you, hasten to the Bread of Angels; and charity will come to blossom in your heart.

If you feel the itch of intemperance, nourish yourself with the Flesh and Blood of Christ, Who practiced heroic self-control during His earthly life; and you will become temperate.

If you are lazy and sluggish about spiritual things, strengthen yourself with this heavenly Food; and you will grow fervent.

Lastly, if you feel scorched by the fever of impurity, go to the banquet of the Angels; and the spotless Flesh of Christ will make you pure and chaste.”

St. Cyril of Alexandria