christianity

A Quote by Saint Innocent Apostle to America on god, christianity, love, suffering, mercy, gratitude, virtue, sin, good, thanksgiving, and debt

For whom did Jesus suffer?  For all sinners, from Adam till the end of the world.  He suffered also for those very men who tortured Him, and for His enemies who had delivered Him to that torture, and for those who, having received from Him countless benefits, not only did not thank Him but even hated and persecuted Him.  He also suffered for all of us who offend Him daily by our untruths, wickedness, and terrible indifference to His suffering for us who by our ingratitude and abominable sins, as it were, crucify Him a second time.

Saint Innocent Apostle to America

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

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A Quote by Saint Isaac on god, christianity, silence, hearts, death, purity, cleansing, thoughts, virtues, and peace

Let us love silence till the world is made to die in our hearts.  Let us always remember death, and in this thought draw near to God in our heart - and the pleasures of this world will have our scorn.

Saint Isaac

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

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A Quote by Saint Maximos the Confessor on god, christianity, courage, humility, vices, hope, cleansing, victory, success, and struggles

It is said that God allows the demons to attack us for five reasons.  The first is that, through being attacked and fighting back, we should learn to distinguish virtue from sin.  The second is that having acquired virtue by struggle and labor we should keep it firm and unalterable.  The third, that progressing in virtue we should not think highly of ourselves but learn humility.  The fourth, that having experienced in practice the wickedness of sin we should hate it with perfect hatred.  Finally, the fifth and most important is that having been freed from the passions we should not forget our weakness and the strength of Him that helped us.

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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A Quote by Abbot Nikon on god, salvation, enlightenment, repentence, work, freedom, hope, christianity, tomorrow, and life

You have every opportunity, both eternal and external, for repentence and salvation, which is so rare in this day and age.  If you do not take advantage of this now, but keep putting off the work of salvation, you may easily fool yourself.  We cannot be certain that tomorrow belongs to us.  The Lord warns us all: be ready each minute, for you know not what day or what hour they will come for you.

Abbot Nikon

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

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A Quote by St. Isaac the Syrian on god, life, death, christianity, strength, victory, obedience, love, awakening, and success

Be dead in life, and you will not live in death.  Let your soul die strenuously, and not live in weakness.  Not only those who suffer death for the sake of faith in Christ are martyrs; but also those who die because of their observance of His commandments.

St. Isaac the Syrian

Source: http://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

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A Quote by Abbot Nikon on god, christianity, divine, love, courage, sacrifice, virtues, humility, truth, and reality

It is time that you realized that the enemy will not leave alone anyone who desires to be saved.  Consquently, the battle against him will not cease until death.  Futhermore, the evil one can not be conquered through one's own strength.  It was to destroy the works of the devil that Christ came to earth.  Together with those who always call upon Him for help, Christ battles against the devil and against sin.  Man should likewise rise up with all his strength against sin and the devil, using as weapons the means indicated by the Lord, the Apostles and the Holy fathers.  For an Orthodox Christian these weapons are prayer, fasting, soberity and humility.  Without humility, nothing will be of any use, for those who are proud and sure of themselves will not recieve the Lord's help, but inevitably fall into various snares of the devil.

Abbot Nikon

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

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A Quote by Kassiana on god, christianity, divine, love, courage, sacrifice, virtues, humility, truth, and reality

Listen, daughter, to those words of unspoken bravery, which are characteristic only of love.  Out of love, the Son of God humiliated Himself, served, taught, healed, fed, strengthened, straightened, gladdened, suffered, was in distress, forgave, and died.  "The Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life as ransom for many." (Matt. 20:28)  When serving, He served with rejoicing; when sacrificing Himself, He sacrificed voluntarily, not worrying about Himself, but looking constantly with an everlasting, ardent love towards the heavens, at those two other Persons of the Holy Trinity.  That is the simple existence of love in the Son.  That is also the natural way of men who have love.  Because of this St. Nilus of Sinai says, "With pain you have aquired divine love, that all become easy to do and maintain.  But where there is no love, there is no repose."  And all becomes difficult and impossible.

Kassiana

Source: Kassiana-Lessons in Divine and Christian Love.

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A Quote by C.S. Lewis on god, christianity, worship, truth, reality, atheism, paganism, delusion, and religion

A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.

C.S. Lewis

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A Quote by Saint Maximos the Confessor on god, christianity, nature, reality, passion, pain, mind, compassion, and truth

In the beginning, passion and pain were not created together with the body; nor forgetfulness and ignorance together with the soul; nor the ever-changing impressions in the shape of events with the mind.  All these things were brought about in man by his disobedience.

Saint Maximos the Confessor

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A Quote by Saint Moses the Ethiopian on god, evil, judgement, peace, good, virtue, christianity, hope, freedom, and truth

Do not rail against anyone, but rather say, "God knows each one."  Do not agree with him who slanders, do not rejoice at his slander and do not hate him who slanders his nieghbor.  This is what it means not to judge.

Saint Moses the Ethiopian

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

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