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Monday, December 26, 2005

Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

A brother asked Abba Sisois, "I long to guard my heart." The old man said to him, "And how can we guard the heart if the tongue leaves the door of the fortress open?"


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"In order to live spiritually and draw breath from grace, we must continually exhale the ashes of sin."

Holy Bishop Ignaty Brianchaninov



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"It is written: `Not everyone who says to Me: -Lord, Lord - shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father' (Mt. 7:21). The will of the Father is indicated in the words: `You who love the Lord, hate evil' (Ps. 97:10). Hence we should both pray the Prayer of Jesus Christ and hate our evil thoughts. In this way we do God's will."

St. Hesychios the Priest.