No passion is worse…

No passion is worse than an uncontrolled tongue, because it is the mother of all the passions.

- St. Agathon

Do not get discouraged!

In any stage you may be do not get discouraged, pray even if you feel compulsion and the Lord will visit you with His mercy: ‘Let it be to you according to your faith,’ [Matt. 9:29].

- Elder Cleopa of Romania

It will defend itself…

The truth is like a lion. You don’t have to defend it. Let it loose. It will defend itself.

- St. Augustine

Only prayer can save us now

The world is on fire! Do you understand? There is so much temptation. The devil has started such a blaze that all the fire-fighters in the world will not be able to put it out: it is a spiritual fire! There’s nothing left. And there’s no other help for us: only prayer can save us now. We must pray to God to take pity on us. You see, when a fire spreads and the fire-fighters can do nothing about it, people are forced to turn to God and pray for Him to send a heavy rain. It’s the same with the spiritual fire started by the devil: we must all pray to God for Him to help us.

- Elder Paisios of Mt. Athos

If you do not strive…

If you do not strive, you will not find; and if you do not knock eagerly at the door and keep long vigil before it, you will not receive an answer.

- St. Isaac the Syrian

Enter the Church and repent

Did you commit sin? Enter the Church and repent for your sin; for here is the physician, not the judge; here one is not investigated, one receives remission of sins.

- St. John Chrysostom

God will have the last word

What I see around me would drive me insane if I did not know that no matter what happens, God will have the last word.

- Elder Paisius of Mt. Athos

If your soul is weak…

If your soul is weak and asks the Lord to deliver it from trials, God will hear and deliver it. But you should know that according to the measure of trials you undergo God sends His Gifts.

- Valeria Alfeeva

Truth is that which leads a man to will the good

A lie is a delusion of the mind, while evil is a delusion of the will.
The sign by which one is distinguished from the other is the judgement of God Himself … that which he teaches a man: Truth is that which leads a man to will the good. But whatever contradicts this is entirely false, entirely evil.

-St. Nicholas Cabasilas, Seven Sermons on the Life in Christ, 7

On passions

Why do demons wish to excite in us gluttony, fornication, greed, anger, rancor and other passions? So that the mind, under their weight, should be unable to pray as it ought; for when the passions of our irrational part begin to act, they prevent the mind from acting rationally.

- St. Nilus of Sinai

On God

It is proper to begin our teaching with God, and when we finish it to thank God - not that I am worthy to mention and utter the name of God, but I am sure that God suffers me to do so through His great and infinite compassion.

- Saint Kosmas of Aetolia

He will show Himself to us

If we seek God, He will show Himself to us, and if we keep Him, He will remain close to us.

- Abba Arsenius

If you wish to remember God unceasingly…

If you wish to remember God unceasingly do not reject as undeserved what happens to you, but patiently accept it.

- St Mark the Ascetic