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Sts. Sebastian & Mardarije Orthodox Institute III — Psychology in the Service of God

March 6, 2017 | Media, Wisdom

Use prayer rope to pray for the departed

December 3, 2016 | Wisdom

GERONDA ADVISED all of us: Use your prayer-ropes to pray for the depart­ed so that they may be com­fort­ed and saved, too. Pray for every­one you knew, your grand­par­ents, your rel­a­tives.

From: My Elder Joseph the Hesy­chast, Pg. 536

Avoid Fantasies

November 3, 2016 | Instagram, Wisdom

My child, be care­ful with your imag­i­na­tion. All sins orig­i­nate from the imag­i­na­tion; it is the root of sin. So be care­ful. As soon as a fan­ta­sy of a per­son or deed comes, of some­thing you saw or heard, imme­di­ate­ly dri­ve it away from your mind with anger and the prayer. Say it rapid­ly and intense­ly, and at once entreat our Pana­gia men­tal­ly with pain to help you, and I trust in God that you will obtain the vic­to­ry. You were proud, and this is why the dev­il start­ed fight­ing you. Hum­ble your­self now; abase your­self; insult your­self men­tal­ly, and God, see­ing your humil­i­ty, will help you. Just as you avoid fire so that you do not get burned, and a snake so that you do not get bit­ten, like­wise — and even more so — you should avoid the devil’s fan­tasies! Be care­ful, I repeat, with filthy fan­tasies; because this is how great spir­i­tu­al men have fall­en and per­ished… Elder Efraim of Ari­zona

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The Rich Man Who Gives

November 1, 2016 | Instagram, Uncategorized, Wisdom

Nature of Angels

October 21, 2016 | Instagram, Uncategorized, Wisdom

“The nature of angels is in some ways quite dif­fer­ent from the nature of man, and in oth­er ways sim­i­lar to it. On the one hand, the dif­fer­ences are these: The angels are bod­i­less and, as such, invis­i­ble to our phys­i­cal eyes. Hav­ing no body, they con­se­quent­ly have no bod­i­ly needs or desires and pas­sions, no cares about food, drink, clothes or shel­ter. Nor do they pos­sess the impulse and crav­ings for pro­cre­ation. They nei­ther mar­ry nor are giv­en in mar­riage (Matt. 22:30). They have no wor­ries about the future either, and no fear of death. For, though God cre­at­ed them before man, they are nei­ther aged nor aging, but unchang­ing­ly youth­ful, beau­ti­ful and strong. They have no anx­i­ety about their sal­va­tion and no strug­gle for immoral­i­ty, being already immor­tal. Unlike men, they are not fal­ter­ing between good and evil, being already good and holy as when God cre­at­ed them. On the oth­er hand, the angels are sim­i­lar to men in that they are per­son­al­i­ties, every­one being indi­vid­u­al­ly con­scious of him­self. Like men, they have intel­li­gence, emo­tions, free will and act­ing capac­i­ty. And with­al they bear per­son­al names like men. Some of their names we know either from Scrip­ture or Church Tra­di­tion. They are: Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, Uriel, Salathiel, Barachiel, Jere­miel, Jegudiel.” — St. Nicholai Velimirovic #The­O­rtho­doxWay #Ortho­dox­Chris­t­ian #East­er­nOrtho­dox #Chris­t­ian #TheChurch #Christ #Lord #Mer­cy #Love #Light #Faith #Prayer #Philo­ti­mo #The­Cross #World #Sal­va­tion #Angels

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Correct your own sins

October 18, 2016 | Instagram, Uncategorized, Wisdom

“Do not be irri­tat­ed either with those who sin or those who offend; do not have a pas­sion for notic­ing every sin in your neigh­bour, and for judg­ing him, as we are in the habit of doing. Every­one shall give an answer to God for him­self. Every­one has a con­science; every­one hears Gods Word, and knows Gods Will either from books or from con­ver­sa­tion with oth­er peo­ple. Espe­cial­ly do not look with evil inten­tion upon the sins of your elders which do not regard you; “to his own mas­ter he standeth or fal­l­eth.” Cor­rect your own sins, amend your own life.” — St. John of Kro­n­stadt #The­O­rtho­doxWay #Ortho­dox­Chris­t­ian #East­er­nOrtho­dox #Chris­t­ian #TheChurch #Christ #Lord #Mer­cy #Love #Light #Faith #Prayer #Philo­ti­mo #The­Cross #World #Sal­va­tion

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Do not hate the sinner

October 18, 2016 | Instagram, Uncategorized, Wisdom

Do not hate the sin­ner; for we are all laden with guilt. If for the sake of God you are moved to oppose him, weep over him. Why do you hate him? Hate his sins and pray for him, that you may imi­tate Christ Who was not wroth with sin­ners, but inter­ced­ed for them. Do you not see how He wept over Jerusalem? We are mocked by the dev­il in many instances, so why should we hate the man who is mocked by him who mocks us also? Why, O man, do you hate the sin­ner? Could it be because he is not so right­eous as you? But where is your right­eous­ness when you have no love? Why do you not shed tears over him? But you per­se­cute him. In igno­rance some, who are con­sid­ered to be dis­cern­ing men, are moved to anger against the deeds of sin­ners. — St. Isaac the Syr­i­an #ortho­dox #ortho­doxy #ortho­dox­church #chris­t­ian #wis­do­mofthe­fa­thers #sti­saac­thesyr­i­an

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Enduring Affliction

October 18, 2016 | Instagram, Uncategorized, Wisdom

Temptations Heal Passions

October 13, 2016 | Instagram, Uncategorized, Wisdom


Receive Holy Communion Frequently

October 10, 2016 | Uncategorized, Wisdom

And so, my brethren, if we do as our Holy Fathers direct and receive [Holy Com­mu­nion] fre­quent­ly, we have not only the coop­er­a­tion and help of divine grace dur­ing this tem­po­ral life, we also have the assis­tance of the angels of God and of Him who is the Lord of the angels.This Blood of the Lord is sal­va­tion for our souls; with it the soul rejoic­es, with it, it is beau­ti­fied, it is warmed; this Blood makes the mind shine more bright­ly than the light; it makes the soul more beau­ti­ful than gold. Those who par­take of this Body stand with the angels and archangels and the pow­ers above; with it they are adorned with roy­al robes and the weapons of the Spir­it. Those who receive Com­mu­nion receive the very King Him­self. — St. Gre­go­ry the The­olo­gian #ortho­dox #ortho­doxy #ortho­dox­church #chris­t­ian #wis­do­mofthe­fa­thers #stgre­go­ry­thethe­olo­gian #eucharist #com­mu­nion #gods­grace

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