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Psychology should draw on Church Fathers’ insights: Russian Church official

CWNews.com - The writings of the Church Fathers have much to teach the world of modern psychology, according to a Russian Orthodox Church official.

“Modern science has not absorbed or insufficiently absorbed a wealth of heritage left by the early Christian spiritual and intellectual tradition,” said Vladimir Legoyda, head of the synodal information department. “Christian ascetics made such great discoveries in human nature that Freud couldn't even dream of … Christianity has gathered unparalleled experience analyzing human soul which is undoubtedly indispensable to modern science.”

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Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

No one on this earth can avoid affliction; and although the afflictions which the Lord sends are not great men imagine them beyond their strength and are crushed by them. This is because they will not humble their souls and commit themselves to the will of God. But the Lord Himself guides with His grace those who are given over to God's will, and they bear all things with fortitude for the sake of God Whom they have so loved and with Whom they are glorified for ever. It is impossible to escape tribulation in this world but the man who is giver over to the will of God bears tribulation easily, seeing it but putting his trust in the Lord, and so his tribulations pass.

Archimandrite Sophrony
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