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Sunday, November 20, 2005

Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

"When you desire to do something for love of God, put death as the limit of your desire, in this way you will rise in actual deed to the level of martyrdom in struggling with the passion, suffering no harm from whatever you may meet within this limit, if you endure to the end and do not weaken."

St Isaac Of Syria


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Faith, according to the teaching of St. Antioch, is the beginning of our union with God. One who truly believes is a stone in the temple of God; he is prepared for the edifice of God the Father, raised to the heights by the power of Jesus Christ, that is, of the Cross, with the aid of ropes, that is, the grace of the Holy Spirit."

St. Seraphim of Sarov.

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"All who have firm hope in God are raised to Him and illumined by the radiance of the eternal light. If a man does not let excessive concern for himself turn him away from love for God and for the acts of virtue, then this hope is true and wise. But if a man places all his hope in his own affairs and turns to God with prayer only when unforeseen misfortunes befall him, and seeing no means in his own powers to avert them begins to rely on the help of God, his hope is vain and deceptive. True hope seeks first of all the Kingdom of God and is confident that every earthly necessity of temporal life will doubtless be given. It is of this hope that our Savior's most holy words speak to us: `Come unto me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I shall give you rest' (Matt. 11:28); that is, hope in Me and you shall be comforted in your labor and cares."


St. Seraphim of Sarov.