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Saturday, July 02, 2005

Sayings of The Holy Fathers:

"If you wish to correct anyone from his faults, do not think of correcting him solely by your own means: you would only do harm by your own passions, for instance, by pride and by the irritability arising from it; 'but cast thy burden upon the Lord,' (Ps. 55:22) and pray to God 'Who trieth the hearts and reins,' (Ps. 7:9) with all your heart, that He Himself may enlighten the mind and heart of that man."

St. Gregory Palamas

[On Prayer and Purity of Heart no. 3, The Philokalia Vol. 4 edited by Palmer, Sherrard and Ware; Faber and Faber pgs 344-345]


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'A faithful friend is beyond price' (Eccles. 6:15), since he regards his friend's misfortunes as his own and suffers with him, sharing his trials until death."

St. Maximos the Confessor
[Fourth Century on Love, Philokalia, Vol. 2]



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"Mortality, therefore, derived from the nature of irrational creatures, was by special dispensation made the clothing of the nature created for immortality. It enveloped its outward but no its inward part; it affected the sentient part of man, but did not touch the divine image itself. The sentient part is dissolved, but it is not destroyed. For destruction means passing into non-being, whereas dissolution means diffusion once more into those elements of the world from which the thing was constituted. When this happens, the thing has not perished even though it may elude apprehension by our senses."

St. Gregory of Nyssa.