St. John of Kronstadt
"My Life in Christ"
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"The remedies for appropriating God have been given in the words of God Himself; divine instructions have taught that God is satisfied by just works, that sins are cleansed by the merits of mercy.
St. Cyprian of Carthage
'Treatises' (Works and Almsgiving)"
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"As therefore the Lord did nothing without the Father being united with Him, neither of Himself nor by the Apostles, so neither do you act in anything apart from the bishop or presbyters. Neither attempt to persuade yourself that anything is right which you do of yourselves apart. But in common let there be one prayer, one supplication, one mind, one hope, in love, in joy that is without blame, which is Jesus Christ - for there is naught better than He.
St. Ignatius the God-Bearer
'Epistle to the Magnesians'"
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"As we are taught by the Saviour, as long as the prodigal son was in the land of the passions, even though he thought and spoke words of repentance, he gained no benefit at all. Only when he left all his sinful deeds and ran to his father did he attain what was beyond hope.
St. Greory Palamas
'Homily Three: On the Lord's Parable Of the Prodigal
who was Saved'"
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"Wherever there is hardness and pride, there also are disobedience and scandals. Wherever there is obedience and humility, God rests. The Holy Fathers say, 'Pride goeth before a fall, and humility before grace.
Elder Joseph the Hesychast
'Monastic Wisdom' (Thirty-second Letter)"
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"What joy is ours that the Lord not only forgives our sins but allows the soul to know Him, so soon as she humbles herself. The poorest wretch may humble himself and know God in the Holy Spirit. There is no need of money or possessions to know God, only of humility. The Lord freely gives Himself, for His mercy's sake alone. I did not know this before, but now every day and hour, every minute, I clearly see the mercy of God. The Lord gives peace even in sleep, but without God there is no peace in the soul.
'Wisdom from Mount Athos'"
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"A soul's motivation is rightly ordered when its desiring power is subordinated to self-control, when its incensive power rejects hatred and cleaves to love, and when its power of intelligence, through prayer and spitritual contemplation, advances towards God.
St. Maximos the Confessor
'Fourth Century of Love'
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"One cannot say that Christianity is a religion. Christianity is a revelation of eternity and life. The angels rejoice greatly because God has revealed Himself mystically to His creature, man. Our human nature has become part of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and that is a great gift which we do not even appreciate; instead, we have cleaved to the things of this world. We have been given the opportunity to prepare ourselves for eternity, to vanquish evil, and to always be with our Heavenly Father.
Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
'Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives'"
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"...Notice that the Creator and Lord of the law is completely obedient to the law. What does He achieve by this? He makes our nature obedient in all things to the Father, He completely heals us of its disobedience and transforms the curse on it into a blessing.
St. Gregory Palamas
'On the Meeting of our Lord and God
and Saviour Jesus Christ'"
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"Do not limit yourself to striving for the right outward order: fasting and prayer. Strive also for greater inward order, only to be attained through intensified love and deep humility.
Elder Macarius of Optina
'Russian Letters of Direction, 1834-1860'"
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"Therefore, in so far as this is what has been commanded you by the Holy Apostles,-stand aright, hold firmly to the traditions which you have received, both written and by word of mouth, that you be not deprived of your firmness if you become led away by the delusions of the lawless. May God, Who is All-powerful, make them also to know their delusion; and having delivered us from them as from evil tares, may He gather us into His granaries like pure and useful wheat, in Jesus Christ our Lord, to Whom belongs all glory, honor, and worship, with His Father Who is without beginning, and His All-holy and Good and Life-giving Spirit, now and ever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.
St. Mark of Ephesus
(concluding section of St.Marks' encyclical letter on the subject of the false union)"
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