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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #357963
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He who suffers wrong and does not demand any reparation from the man who wronged him, trusts in Christ to make good the loss; and he is rewarded a hundredfold in this world and inherits eternal life (cf. Mk 10:30).

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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #358074
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The mercy of God is hidden in sufferings not of our choice; and if we accept such sufferings patiently, they bring us to repentance and deliver us from everlasting punishment.

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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #358106
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Fire cannot last long in water, nor can a shameful thought in a heart that loves God. For every man who loves God suffers gladly, and voluntary suffering is by nature the enemy of sensual pleasure.

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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #358112
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We cannot with all our heart forgive someone who does us wrong unless we possess real knowledge. For this knowledge shows us that we deserve all we experience.

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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #358277
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"The demons have also the following trick. They cry out the names of those whom they know to have none of the merits of holiness and to possess none of the fruits of the Spirit. They pretend to be burnt up by the merits of such people and to take flight from the bodies of the possessed.
Deuteronomy has this to say about such persons: 'If a prophet should arise among you or a man claiming visionary dreams, and if he foretells a sign and a portent, and if what he says should actually happen, and if he should say to you, "Let us go and follow strange gods who are unknown to you and let us serve them," do not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. For the Lord your God is putting you to the test, bringing out into the open whether or not you love Him with all your heart and with all your should (Deuteronomy 13: 1 - 3).

And in the gospel he says this: 'Fake Christs and fake prophets will rise up and they will perform great signs and wonders so that if possible even the chosen will be led into error' (Matthew 24:24).

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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #358684
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One man speaks the truth and is hated for it by the foolish; another speaks hypocritically and for this reason is loved. But in both cases their reward is not long delayed, for at the appropriate moment the Lord renders to each his due.


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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381111
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Live simply, honestly, always remember that God sees everything, and as for the rest, do not pay attention!

Elder Anatoly Potapov of Optina

Живи просто, по совести, помни всегда, что Господь видит, а на остальное не обращай внимания!

Оптинцкий старец Анатолий Потапов

Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381112
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"To attain to knowledge of Truth demands far more effort than it takes to acquire practical and scientific learning. Neither the reading of a vast number of books, nor familiarity with the history of Christianity, nor the study of different theological systems can bring us to our goal, unless we continuously and to our utmost cling to the commandments of Christ."

Archimandrite Sophrony

Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381191
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"A life lived in the world can be as good, in the eyes of God, as one spent in a monastery. It is indeed only the keeping of God's commandments, love of all, and a true sense of humility that matter, wherever we are."

Elder Macarius of Optina

Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381301
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Thanks Aleksander,

I think that one can understand the Eastern spiritual mindset moreson by the words of holy monastics than by endless discussions and questions.

Please keep them coming...

In Christ,
Alice

Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381472
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"...a fall is often an occasion of humility for those who are willing to use it to their advantage."

-St. John Climacus

Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381528
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Often, our trouble is that we ascribe our evil to another!

Беда наша часто в том, что мы свое зло приписываем другому!

St John of Kronstadt

Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #381924
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Are there days gone by, O man, to which you would wish to return? They all attracted you like silk, and now remain behind you like a cobweb. Like honey they greeted you, like stench you bade them farewell. All were totally filled with illusion and sin.

See how all the pools of water in the moonlight resemble mirrors; and how all the days that were lit up with your levity resemble mirrors. But as you stepped from one day to the next, the false mirrors cracked like thin ice, and you waded through the water and mud.

Can a day that has a morning and an evening as doorways be a day?

O luminous Lord, my soul is burdened with illusions and longs for one day—for the day without doorways, the day from which my soul has departed and sunk into the shifting shadows—for Your day, which I used to call my day, when I was one with You.

Is there any happiness gone by, O man, to which you would wish to return?

Of two morsels of the same sweetness the second is the more trite. You would turn your head away in boredom from yesterday's happiness, if it were set out on today's table.

Moments of happiness are given to you only in order to leave you longing for tme happiness in the bosom of the everhappy Lord; and ages of unhappiness are given to you, to waken you out of the drowsy dream of illusions.

O Lord, Lord, my only happiness, will You provide shelter for Your injured pilgrim?

O Lord, my ageless youth, my eyes shall bathe in You and shine more radiantly than the sun.

You carefully collect the tears of the righteous, and with them You rejuvenate worlds.

Prayers by the Lake -III
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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #382098
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Remember God, so that He will remember you.

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Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik] #382476
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A child cries when his mother washes him, and those of little faith murmur at God when they are in trouble, which cleanses the soul like water cleanses the face.

St.Symeon of Daibabe

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