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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Sayings of The Holy Fathers:

"When a man really considers his neighbor as himself, he will never tolerate having more than his neighbor. If he does nave more, but refuses to share things generously until he himself becomes as poor as his neighbor, then he will find that he has not fulfilled the commandment of the master. He no longer wants to give to all who ask, and instead turns away from someone who asks of him while she still has a penny or a crust of bread. He has not treated his neighbor as he would like to be treated by him. In fact, even if a man had given food and drink and clothes to all the poor, even the least, and had done everything else for them, he has only to despise or neglect a single one and it will be reckoned as if he had passed by Christ and God and He was hungry and thirsty."

St. Simeon the New Theologian.


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"Know that nothing quenches the Spirit more than idle talk."

St Anthony the Great


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"If a man only theorises about God, then he is helpless, utterly helpless, when confronted by an evil spirit. An evil spirit laughs at feeble worldly theorising. But as soon as a man begins to fast and to pray to God, the evil spirit becomes filled with inexpressible fear."

Blessed Bishop Nikolai Velimirovic