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Sunday, July 24, 2005

Sayings of The Holy Fathers:

"Wouldest thou learn words of thanksgiving? hearken unto the Three Children, saying, "We have sinned, we have transgressed. Thou art righteous, O Lord, in all that thou hast done unto us, because thou hast brought all things upon us by a true judgment." For to confess one's own sins, this is to give thanks with confessions unto God: a kind of thing which implies one to be guilty of numberless offenses, yet not to have the due penalty exacted. This man most of all is the giver of thanks."

St John Chrysostom
[HOMILY III., MATT. I. 1]




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"A man cannot correct himself all of a sudden, but it is like pulling a barge - pull, pull, and let go, let go! Not all at once, but little by little. Do you know the mast on a ship? There is a pole to which is tied all of the ship's lines. If you pull on it then everything gradually pulls. But if you take it all at once, you will ruin everything."

St. Ambrose of Optina

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"...he who has received a gift from God, and is ungrateful for it, is already on the way to losing it..."

St. Peter of Damaskos
(Book 1: A Treasury of Divine Knowledge, The Philokalia Vol. 3 pg. 187)