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A Quote by Bishop JOSEPHhttp://www.antiochianl on god, christianity, evil, sacredness, good, truth, love, victory, and freedom

We do not suffer because there is too much godliness in the world, but because there is too much evil. We must overcome the evil around us with godliness, speaking the truth in love.

Your Father in Christ,
Bishop JOSEPHhttp://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

Bishop Joseph

Source: Bishop JOSEPHhttp://www.antiochianladiocese.org/

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A Quote by Elder Cleopa on god, christianity, spirituality, evil, freedom, path, truth, love, hope, and fear

"If you want to go straight before God, you need two walls.  Not of brick or stone or earth, but two spiritual walls.  Have fear of God on the right, because the Prophet Daniel says, 'With fear of God, man is diverted from all evil.'  On the left have fear of death because the Son of Sirach says, 'Son, remember your end and you will not sin.'  These two good deeds --- fear of God and remembrance of death --- deliver a man from all sin."

Elder Cleopa Ilie (+1998)

Elder Cleopa

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

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A Quote by St. Theophan the Recluse on god, christianity, spirituality, egotism, evil, growth, freedom, love, and peace

Examine yourself to see whether you have within you a strong sense of your own self importance, or negatively, whether you have failed to realize that you are nothing.  This feeling of self-importance is deeply hidden, but it controls the whole of our life.  Its first demand is that everything should be as we wish it, and as soon as this is not so we complain to God and are annoyed with people.

Saint Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse

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

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A Quote by St. Innocent of Alaska on god, christianity, truth, hope, love, peace, spirituality, animals, eternity, and freedom

"People were not created merely to live here on earth like animals that disappear after their death, but to live with God and in God, and to live not for a hundred or a thousand years, but to live eternally." 
-- Bishop INNOCENT, Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian Islands

Saint Innocent

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A Quote by St. Basil the Great on god, christianity, love, education, freedom, truth, joy, peace, and light

The love of God is not taught.  No one has taught us to enjoy the light or to be attached to life more than anything else.  And no one has taught us to love the two people who brought us into the world and educated us.  Which is all the more reason to believe that we did not learn to love God as a result of outside instruction.  In the very nature of every human being has been sown the seed of the ability to love.  You and I ought to welcome this seed, cultivate it carefully, nourish it attentively and foster its growth by going to the school of God's commandments with help of His grace.

St. Basil the Great

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

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A Quote by Abbot Nikon on god, evil, delusion, spirituality, enlightnement, freedom, liberation, christianity, and truth

"The prince of this world blinds people who then walk like blind men, feeling their way and because of this they are constantly falling into one bog after another.  Science is fraud when its facts are taken as something absolute, for tomorrow's scientific knowledge will contradict today's; most art is a deliberate distortion; politics has always been full of deceit, lies, crimes.  Here everything must be understood in reverse---what they call life is but superficial, horrible pettiness, emptiness, lies with out end; in a word, it is the 'age of falsehood,' the kingdom of the prince of this world."

from Abbot Nikon: Letters to Spiritual Children

Abbot Nikon

Source: Abbot Nikon: Letters to Spiritual Children

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A Quote by John Daido Loori on brambles, entanglements, freedom, and music

If you know the music the moment the violin string begins to vibrate, then you know how to navigate through the forest of brambles and entanglements with freedom and ease. If, on the other hand, you think that with practice the forest of brambles and entanglements will altogether disappear, then right from the beginning you are hopelessly entangled and won't find your way.

John Daido Loori

Source: The True Dharma Eye: Zen Master Dogen's Three Hundred Koans, Pages: 169

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A Quote by St. Macarius of Optina on god, christianity, help, trouble, enlightenment, awakening, truth, freedom, and joy

Listen!  God, Himself says, 'Call upon Me in the time of trouble so that I will hear thee and thou will praise Me'.  Afflictions confirm us in our faith, and teach us to set worldly glory at naught.  Believe firmly that no suffering or sorrow can visit us --- not a hair of our heads can fall --- with out God intending it.  Although we are always inclined to put down our misfortunes to the ill will or stupidity of other men, these are in reality, only tools in the hand of God; tools used to fashion our salvation.  Therefore take heart and pray to our Lord Who is always at work for our salvation, using to this end both what we call happiness and what we call sorrow.

St. Macarius of Optina

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A Quote by St. Justin the Philosopher on god, christianity, freedom, passions, liberty, hope, happiness, joy, and enlightenment

"To yield and give way to our passions is the lowest slavery, even as to rule over them is the only liberty." 
-- St. Justin the Philosopher

St. Justin the Philosopher

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A Quote by St. John Chrysostom on god, christianity, healing, miracles, spirituality, love, freedom, hope, and truth

For if you change from inhumanity to alms giving, you have stretched fourth the hand that was withered.  If you withdraw from theaters and go to church, you have cured the lame foot.  If you draw back your eyes from a harlot ... you have opened them when they were blind ... These are the greatest miracles.

Saint John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom

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

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