Holiness in life

It is not necessary that you live the way I do. But in order to become happier than you are keep these rules:

– think of God at least as much as you think of men
– fear God at least as much as you fear men
– honor God at least as much as you honor men
– pray to God at least as much as you entreat men
– hoping God at least as much as you hope in men
– ask God for help as least as much as you ask men
– fulfill God’s law at least as much as you fulfill the law of men
– be thankful to God at least as much as you are thankful to men
– glorify God at least as much as you glorify men!

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich (From an anonymous Egyptian hermit)

He’s awaiting us!

God is very rich! And He’s awaiting us! … He waits for us to ask! Anyone who wants to acquire the gift of prayer, must keep silent and pray. We speak so much about prayer. That’s one thing that cannot be discussed but practiced. A deep silence is a deep prayer…Every moment is a time [in eternity] and every sigh can become a prayer. We must not cease to pray, even with the mind.

- Elder Arsenie Papacioc

An amazingly beautiful video about Eastern Orthodoxy

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg please pray for us!!!! <3

Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg please pray for us!!!! <3

On temptations

Temptations come on some people for the cleansing of previous sins, on other for the beautification of their current perfection, and on yet others, as preparation for things to come, except temptations, which are for the increase of a man’s faith and virtue, as it was with Job.

- St. Maximos the Confessor

Prayer request

Aaron shared with us his prayer request. So, let us unite our prayers…

"My prayer request is for my lovely wife, LeeAnn, who suffers from a chronic illness effecting her Autonomic System. (essentially her nervous system) This illness causes heavy fatigue, dizziness, her heart rate will rise sometimes into the 140s while laying down slowly coming back down, 

She’s a cardiac nurse and is currently enrolled in grad school to get her doctorate in nursing for being a nurse Practitioner.

Please prayer not only for healing, but also patience and strength for the day to day as the Lord often shapes us in our struggles no matter what they are.”

On Confession

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The longer we go on without confessing, the worse it is for us, the more entangled we become in the bonds of sin, and therefore the more difficult it is to give account. We ought to confess our sins more frequently, in order to strike and scourge the sins by the open avowal of them, and in order to feel a greater loathing of them.

- St. John of Kronstadt

I need the Lord

There is nothing on earth that I need, except that which is most essential. What do I need, what is most essential? I need the Lord, I need His grace, His kingdom within me. On earth, which is the place of my wanderings, my temporary being, there is nothing that is truly mine, everything belongs to God and is temporal, everything serves my needs temporarily.

- Excerpts from the Spiritual Diary of St. John of Kronstadt, “My Life in Christ”

Photos from Eastern Orthodox monks and nuns with animals!

† Elder Epiphanios of Athens

† Elder Epiphanios of Athens

It’s impossible…

As it is not possible to walk without feet or fly without wings, so it is impossible to attain the Kingdom of Heaven without the fulfillment of the commandments.

- St. Theophan the Recluse, Five Teaching on the Way to Salvation, 3

To deny oneself means…

To deny oneself means to give up one’s bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts or desires; to suppress every evil thought; not to desire to do anything out of self love, but to do everything out of love for God.

- St. Innocent of Alaska

We must love people…

We must love people and accept them in our hearts as God presents them to us. It has been thus ordained by the Lord Himself and by the Orthodox Tradition.

- Eldress Gabriela

The rapid spread of the Christian faith

Only the great truth of the Resurrection of Christ can explain the exceptionally rapid spread of the Christian faith over the whole face of the earth amid the most unfavorable conditions and situations. What else could compel thousands upon thousands of people throughout the centuries to endure indescribable torments, to shed their blood, and to give up their life for Christ? What other force could compel the rich, the noble, men of high rank, and even emperors of the proud pagan world to humbly bow down before the foot of the Cross of Christ and glorify His Resurrection? Indeed, what could compel many thousands of men and women to renounce the vain blessings, comforts, and pleasures of this world which lies in evil, and to withdraw to the deserts, mountains, caves, and precipices to live a God-pleasing life in unceasing prayer, silence, fasting, and struggles, so as to more certainly unite with Christ in the after-life, which He opened to us through His glorious Resurrection from the dead?

- From the “Paschal Sermon” by Archbishop Averky of Syracuse and Holy Trinity Monastery

This video always makes me smile :)

It’s a 2011 video of Lebanese Orthodox Christians singing “Christ is Risen” at City Mall in Beirut, Lebanon.

CHRIST IS RISEN! ΧΡΙΣΤΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΗ!