Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, sacred, holy, wisdom, love, compassion, sadness, suffering, thankfulness, and reality

Therefore, we know about God that He loves and shows pity on His creatures, and also that He is the source of wisdom and knows how to govern everything concerning us.  Nothing is impossible for Him, but everything is subject to His will.  We must also realize that everything He does is for our benefit and we must accept it with thankfulness...as from a benefactor and a good lord even if is troublesome.  For everything is done with right judgment, and God, Who is merciful, does not overlook even the smallest sadness that we suffer.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

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A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, self, spirituality, sacred, divine, growth, learning, evil, passions, and change

It often happens that someone sees himself sitting peacefully and quietly, but when his brother says a word that upsets him, he is troubled.  Thus, he thinks that he is justly upset with him, saying, 'If he hadn't come and spoken to me and troubled me, I wouldn't have sinned.'  But this is folly and absurdity.  Did the person that spoke to him give him that passion?  He simply showed him that the passion existed within him, so that, if he wanted to, he could repent of it.  He is like fine bread bread that shines on the outside, but when one breaks it, he see its moldeness.  In just the same way, he was sitting, as he thought, in peace, but he had this passion inside him he was unaware of.  His brother said one word and revealed the filth hidden inside him.  Therefore if he wants to receive mercy, he must repent, purify himself, progress and he must understand that he ought to thank his brother for being the great cause of his spiritual benefit.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, truth, spirituallity, self, growth, path, virtues, heart, thoughts, spirit, and middleway

Virtues are in the middle, the royal way about which the saintly elder (Saint Basil the Great) said, "Travel on the royal way and count the miles."  As I said, the virtues are at the midpoint between excess and laxness.  That is why it is written, "Do not turn to the right or the left" (Prov 4:27) but travel on the "royal way" (Num. 20:17).  Saint Basil also says, "The person who does not allow his thoughts to incline towards excess or deprivation but directs it to the midpoint, that of virtue, is upright in heart."

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, judgement, good, self reliance, delusion, strength, spirituality, advice, man, and truth

For this reason, we should, with all our strength, guide ourselves toward God's will and not trust in our own heart.  Even if there is a good thing to be done, but we have testimony of some saint that it is not good, we must on the one hand hold that which is good, but on the other, not trust in our ability to perform it properly in the way it should be done.  We must do all that we can, but at the same time, ask advice as how to do it.  After we have done it, we should ask if we have done it well, and even when we act thus must not be carefree but await the judgment of God.  As the saintly man, Abba Agathon said, when he was asked, "Are even you afraid, father?"  He replied, "I have done what I could but I do not know if my work pleased God.  God's judgment is one thing, and man's is another."  May God shelter us from danger of guiding ourselves, and make us worthy of our fathers.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

A Quote by Saint Dorotheos of Gaza on god, salvation, passions, habits, traps, suffering, evil, hell, delusion, and truth

Believe me, brethren, even if someone has just one passion as a habit, he will be subject to hell.  Even if we do ten good deeds and one bad one, the bad one outweighs the good.  It is like the eagle that is not captured by the snare, but only his claw is caught.  Because of this he is captured and loses all his strength.  Even if his whole body is outside the snare except just his claw can we say he has escaped?  Anytime he so desires, the person who has placed the trap can take him.  It is the same with the soul.  If it has one passion hardened into a habit, the enemy can cast it down anytime he wishes because he controls it through that passion.  It is for this reason that I will always tell you not to allow any passion to become a habit.

Saint Dorotheos of Gaza

Source: Daily Lives, Miracles, and Wisdom of the Saints and Fasting Calendar

Contributed by: boyznamedsue

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