Absolutely nothing will help us…

Absolutely nothing will help us if we are not lenient toward the weaknesses of men and forgive them. For how can we hope that God will forgive us if we do not forgive others?

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich, The Prologue of Ohrid

On temptations

Believe me, God does not send us temptations beyond our ability to resist, except perhaps for pride, for conceit, and for complaining, by which we ourselves aggravate our sorrows. Be careful not to complain or become faint-hearted. Magnanimity and patient endurance lighten sorrows, but faint-heartedness and complaining multiply and exacerbate them.

- St. Macarius

This is a facebook page dedicated to the Holy New Martyr Elizabeth, the Grand Duchess of Russia.

Please Saint Elizabeth, pray for me the sinner <3

The Precious Pearl

The enjoyment of this present life, though it seems to give delight and sweetness, is well thrust from us. At the very moment of its being it ceases to be, and for our joy repays us with sorrow sevenfold. Its happiness and its sorrow more frail than a shadow, and, like the traces of a ship passing over the sea, or a bird flying through the air, quickly disappear. But the hope of the life to come which the Christians preach is certain and quite sure; howbeit in this world it has tribulation, whereas our pleasures now are short-lived, and in the beyond they only win us correction and everlasting punishment without release. For the pleasures of life are temporary, but its pain eternal; while the Christians labors are temporary but their pleasure and gain immortal. Therefore, right it is to exchange the corruptible for the incorruptible.

- St. John of Damascus

“Follow Me”…

When Christ says to us “Follow Me,” He does not call us to walk a frightening, dark road; He says, “I have trodden all this road, I know every meander of it — you can safely follow! I am like the good shepherd that walks in front of his sheep, meeting all dangers himself, so that the sheep may be safe.”

- Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh
Saint Xenia of St. Petersburg please pray for us!!!! &lt;3

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

Respond eagerly…

…We know that God arranges the opportunities for salvation in different ways. Our situation is that we respond eagerly or in a laggardly manner to these opportunities made available by God to us. God made the call “come out of your homeland”; Abraham by coming out was exercising obedience. There was the instruction “come into the land”; it was done, and that was the work of obedience. But the addition “which I shall show you” has to do with the grace of God, who gave a command - and a promise.

- St. John Cassian

There is no third option

A man in this world must solve a problem: to be with Christ, or to be against Him. And every man decides this, whether he wants to or not. He will either be a lover of Christ or a fighter of Christ. There is no third option.

- St. Justing Popovich

The Holy Spirit is love

The Holy Spirit is love. He gives the soul the strength to love enemies. Anyone, however, who does not love his enemies, does not know God

- Elder Siluan

May Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea, a beloved Saint of all the Orthodox Christians, pray for peace in Ukraine and for world peace!

May Saint Luke of Simferopol and Crimea, a beloved Saint of all the Orthodox Christians, pray for peace in Ukraine and for world peace!

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen.

I reverence even two or three praying…

'For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them' (Mt. 18:20). I reverence even two or three praying together, for in accordance with the Lord's promise He Himself is in the midst of them.

- From St. John of Kronstadt (My Life in Christ; Holy Trinity Monastery pg. 317)

If you see your neighbor in sin…

If you see your neighbor in sin, don’t look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and infrequently trying this in general, while not partialy judging, you will find that he is better than you.

- St. Basil the Great

Carry your cross!

Of course, it would be easier to get to paradise with a full stomach, all snuggled up in a soft feather-bed, but what is required is to carry one’s cross along the way, for the kingdom of God is not attained by enduring one or two troubles, but many!

– St. Anthony of Optina

Be silent

…Behave like a dead person who does not respond to anything surrounding him. If you are praised - be silent. If you are scolded - be silent. If you incur losses - be silent. If you receive profit - be silent.

- St. Feofil the Fool-For-Christ