God always helps

Therefore, my good beloved sister, make a review of your life. Examine in what manner you have passed your life. Recall the innumerable benefactions of our Savior Jesus Christ and His sweetest Mother, and be patient in the temptations that come.

God always helps. He always comes in time, but patience is necessary. He hears us immediately when we cry out to Him, but not in accordance with our own way of thinking.

- Elder Joseph the Hesyhast

If you rebuke someone in anger

If you rebuke someone in anger, you’ve allowed a passion to control you. You’ve not saved anyone & have destroyed yourself.

- Abba Macarius

A message from Anonymous
I want to ask where the information came for today's posting. It is not in scripture. How do you know it to be true? I am an Orthodox seeker coming from a protestant backround.

Hello dear friend,

For which post are you talking about? Because today I made three new posts so far so I am not sure which one you mean.

Generally speaking, my posts are mostly quotes that great Saints (older and contemporary), ascets of the desert (monks) or priests have said. The Fathers of the Church, of those the quotes I post, are those that not only read, knew by heart and keep like a treasure the scriptures, but they also lived according to what the Gospel said and they were enlighted by God, thus they wrote very important books on the Scriptures and their analysis (e.g. Saint Chrysostom’s homilies on the Gospel of St. John and the Epistle to the Hebrews). The Orthodox Church looks to the consensus patrum —that is, the consensus of the Fathers— for its understanding of the patristic Orthodox faith (because no Father is infallible).

So, in Orthodoxy, the Holy Tradition (the deposit of faith given by Jesus Christ to the Apostles and passed on in the Church from one generation to the next without addition, alteration or subtraction) is as important as the Bible. In fact, Holy Scripture is a part of the tradition of the Church. It is that tradition which affirms the value of the holy books in the Church.

Just remember some points that the Bible says about the Holy Tradition:

"Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you. - 1 Corinthians 11:2"

"So then, brothers, stand firm, and cling to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by our letter. - 2 Thessalonians 2:15”

"Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written. John 21:25"

I am sure I gave so many information on my reply, but I just wanted to clarify how I choose the quotes and mostly how important is the Holy Tradition of the Church. I am sorry in advance for any possible mistakes of mine, any Orthodox is free to add anything related to the importance of the Tradition in the Church.

God bless you!

A message from Anonymous
Hello Simply Orthodox! I wish I knew your name for you are on my prayer list without a name! I wish only to thank you for your tumblr. I am so grateful to be following you, for I am forever encouraged by what you post. So thank you very, very much. God Bless you, and please pray for me, one of your Australian sisters.

Hello dear sister in Christ!

I am sorry for the late reply, but I receive so many messages daily so I don’t have the time to reply to all of them at once. Thanks for your kind words and, especially, for your prayers (even if you pray for me with my nickname, God knows for whom you are praying :D).

It could be really nice if you could come off anon and talk in privately. In case you want to message me, my ask box is always open :)

God bless you kind soul!