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Holy Fathers

Selected quotes and teachings of the Holy Fathers

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Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

"The Lord allows us to be tossed by various passions in this life in order that we may hate these passions with all our heart, that we may look upon everything earthly as nothing, however precious and pleasant it may appear, and that we may long with all our hearts for God alone, the Source of tranquility and life, may cling to Him alone, may value Him before everything, His holy will, His peace and joy."

St. John of Kronstadt

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"If you want Christ to bless you and what you have, when you meet some poor individual, who is hungry and asks you for food, give him. Also, when you know that some poor man, or a widow, or an orphan are hungry, do not wait for them to ask you for food, but give them. Give with pleasure, and be not afraid that your will become indigent. Have faith that Christ invisibly blesses your few possessions, and you shall never starve, ,nor will you be in want till the end of your life."

St. Arsenios of Paros

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Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works. If you see a poor man, take pity on him. If you see a friend being honored, do not envy him. Do not let only your mouth fast, but also the eye, and the ear, and the feet, and the hands and all members of our bodies.
Let the hands fast, by being free of avarice.
Let the feet fast, by ceasing to run after sin.
Let the eye fast, by disciplining them not to stare at that which is sinful...
Let the ear fast, by not listening to evil talk and gossip.
Let the mouth fast from foul words and unjust criticism. For what good is it if we abstain from fowl and fishes, but bite and devour our brothers?

St. John Chrysostom