Don’t ignore suffering, don’t reject it. Don’t seek the Cross, but hold on to it if it comes! Our Saviour Christ didn’t want the Cross, but when it was given to Him, he didn’t abandon it anymore. He didn’t give in at all. They tore His flesh, but He didn’t give in. He didn’t say any of the things His enemies wanted Him to say. And so, it is through the Cross and only through… [ read more ]
It’s not victory that’s important, it’s striving towards God – St. John Maximovitch
God’s grace always assists those who struggle, but this does not mean that a struggler is always in the position of a victor. Sometimes in the arena the wild animals did not touch the righteous ones, but by no means were they all preserved untouched.
What is important is not victory or the position of a victor, but rather the labour of striving towards God and devotion to Him.
Though a man may be found… [ read more ]
Being humble is to trust in Christ, and to share in his joy — St Porphyrios
The humble person believes that all things depend on Christ and that Christ gives His grace and in that way he makes progress. The person who possesses holy humility lives even now in the earthly uncreated Church. He always has the joy of Christ, even in the most displeasing circumstances.