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#214528 - 11/21/06 01:08 AM Words from Optina
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"Never prefer your will to the will of your brother."
[font:Comic Sans MS]Abba Dorotheus[/font]

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#214573 - 11/21/06 11:25 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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Repentance is the renewal of baptism. Repentance is a contract with God for a second life. A penitent is a buyer of humility. Repentance is constant distrust of bodily comfort. Repentance is self-condemning reflection, and carefree self-care. Repentance is the daughter of hope and the renunciation of despair. A penitent is an undisgraced convict. Repentance is reconciliation with the Lord by the practice of good deeds contrary to the sins. Repentance is purification of conscience. Repentance is the voluntary endurance of all afflictions. A penitent is the inflicter of his own punishments. Repentance is a mighty persecution of the stomach, and a striking of the soul into vigorous awareness.

[font:Comic Sans MS]St. John of the Ladder[/font]

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#214805 - 11/22/06 05:24 PM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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One of the Fathers said, "The Christian who only remembers to speak with God when it is the given time for prayer, has not yet learnt how to pray."

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#214939 - 11/23/06 05:57 PM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the devil's provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour's mercy and love to mankind. The devil will represent the Lord's fact to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour's own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: `Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out'; and `Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden' - with sins and iniquities, and wiles and calumnies of the devil - and I will give you rest.'

St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ


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#215029 - 11/24/06 06:40 PM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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"Keep your mind in Hell and despair not"

St. Silouan the Athonite


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#215112 - 11/26/06 01:19 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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If God is slow in answering your request, and you ask but do not promptly receive anything, do not be upset, for you are not wiser than God. When you remain as you were before, without anything happening, it is either because your behaviour is not worthy of your request, or because the paths in which your heart was travelling were far removed from the aim of your prayer, or because your interior condition is far too childish, when compared with the magnitude of the thing for which you have asked.

St. Isaac of Nineveh [Syria], The Syriac Fathers on Prayer and the Spiritual Life.


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#215182 - 11/27/06 03:04 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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Consider well my soul: Dost thou fast? Then despise not thy neighbor. Dost thou abstain from food? Condemn not thy brother. Sunday of Orthodoxy, Matins. - "The Lenten Triodion"

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#215276 - 11/28/06 01:31 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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Saint Mark the Ascetic writes, " There is a sin which is always 'unto death' [1 Jn 5:16]; the sin which we have not repented. Even a saint's prayer's will not be heard for the unrepented sin. The person who repents correctly does not imagine that his sins are cancelled through his own effort; but knows that through this effort he makes peace with God."

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#215291 - 11/28/06 05:28 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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"Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. Christ is Everything. He is the source of life, the ultimate desire,He is everything. Everything beautiful is in Christ."

Elder Porphyrios


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#215378 - 11/28/06 11:33 PM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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"In Christianity truth is not a philosophical concept nor is it a
theory, a teaching, or a system, but rather, it is the living
theanthropic hypostasis - the historical Jesus Christ (John 14:6).
Before Christ men could only conjecture about the Truth since they
did not possess it. With Christ as the incarnate divine Logos the
eternally complete divine Truth enters into the world. For this
reason the Gospel says: "Truth came by Jesus Christ" (John 1:17)."

St. Justin Popovich

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#215520 - 11/30/06 02:16 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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"When you pray to God in time of temptation do not say, 'Take this
or that away from me', but pray like this: 'O Jesus Christ,
sovereign Master, help me and do not let me sin against Thee. . .'

Abba Isaiah the Solitary

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#215529 - 11/30/06 03:00 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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I hope this isn't breaking into the flow of the quotes. But I want to thank you Alexandr for taking the time to look up these quotes and for posting them. They are great little meditations that we can visit time to time throughout the day.

If you think that this breaks up the flow, please accept my thanks and apology and have the moderator remove my post. smile

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#215616 - 12/01/06 01:31 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Dr. Eric]
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Dr Eric,

Your input is always welcome! I am positively ENCOURAGING comments on them.

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#215618 - 12/01/06 01:41 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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"God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts.
Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the
devil - for the devil is cold - let us call on the Lord. He will
come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but
also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will
flee before the heat of His countenance."

St. Seraphim of Sarov


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#215729 - 12/02/06 03:16 AM Re: Words from Optina [Re: Slavipodvizhnik]
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"In the matter of piety, poverty serves us better than wealth, and
work better than idleness, especially since wealth becomes an
obstacle even for those who do not devote themselves to it. Yet,
when we must put aside our wrath, quench our envy, soften our
anger, offer our prayers, and show a disposition which is
reasonable, mild, kindly, and loving, how could poverty stand in
our way? For we accomplish these things not by spending money but
by making the correct choice. Almsgiving above all else requires
money, but even this shines with a brighter luster when the alms
are given from our poverty. The widow who paid in the two mites
was poorer than any human, but she outdid them all."

St. John Chrysostom

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