Friday, August 23, 2013

St. Kosmas Aitolos, the New Hieromartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles

St. Kosmas Aitolos, the New Hieromartyr and Equal-to-the-Apostles - Commemorated on August 24 (taken from:

The New Hieromartyr Cosmas, Equal of the Apostles, in the world Constas, was a native of Aitolia. He studied at first under the guidance of the archdeacon Ananias Dervisanos, and afterwards continued his education on Mount Athos, at the Vatopedi school renowned for teachers such as Nicholas Tzartzoulios (from Metsovo) and Eugenius Voulgaris (afterwards in the years 1775-1779 the archbishop of Ekaterinoslav and the Chersonessus).

Remaining on Athos at the Philotheou monastery to devote himself to spiritual labors, he was tonsured a monk with the name Cosmas, and later was ordained hieromonk. The desire to benefit his fellow Christians, to guide them upon the way of salvation and strengthen their faith, impelled St Cosmas to seek the blessing of his spiritual fathers and go to Constantinople. There he mastered the art of rhetoric and, having received a written permit of Patriarch Seraphim II (and later from his successor Sophronius) to preach the Holy Gospel.

St. Kosmas Aitolos, with scens from his life (
So the saint began to proclaim the Gospel at first in the churches of Constantinople and the surrounding villages, then in the Danube regions, in Thessalonica, in Verroia, in Macedonia, Chimaera, Akarnania, Aitolia, on the islands of Saint Maura, Kephalonia and other places.
Icon of St. Kosmas preaching to the people (taken from:

His preaching, filled with the grace of the Holy Spirit, was simple, calm, and gentle. It brought Christians great spiritual benefit. The Lord Himself assisted him and confirmed his words with signs and miracles, just as He had confirmed the preaching of the Apostles.

Preaching in the remote areas of Albania, where Christian piety had almost disappeared among the rough and coarse people entrenched in sin, St Cosmas led them to sincere repentance and improvement with the Word of God.

Another icon of St. Kosmas preaching to the people (Icon courtesy of used with permission)

Under his guidance, church schools were opened in the towns and villages. The rich offered their money for the betterment of the churches, for the purchase of Holy Books (which the saint distributed to the literate), veils (which he gave women, admonishing them to come to church with covered heads),for prayer ropes and crosses (which he distributed to the common folk), and for baptismal fonts so that children could be baptized in the proper manner.

Since the churches could not accommodate everyone wanting to hear the wise preacher, St Cosmas with forty or fifty priests served the Vigil in the fields, and in city squares, where thousands of people prayed for the living and for the dead, and were edified by his preaching. Everywhere that St Cosmas halted and preached, the grateful listeners set up a large wooden cross, which remained thereafter in memory of this.
Icon of St. Kosmas being martyred by the Turks (taken from:

The apostolic service of St Cosmas was brought to a close by his martyric death in the year 1779. At 65 years of age, he was seized by the Turks and strangled. His body was thrown into a river, and after three days, was found by the priest Mark and buried near the village of Kolikontasi at the monastery of the Entrance into the Temple of the Most Holy Theotokos. Afterwards, part of his relics were transferred to various places as a blessing.
Icon depicting the finding of the sacred body of St. Kosmas (taken from:

He was glorified by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1961."
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Icon depicting the dormition of St. Kosmas Aitolos (Icon courtesy of used with permission)

"It is interesting to note that the initiative for the first church to be built in memory of Father Kosmas was taken by the Moslem ruler of Albania, Ali Pasha, who held Father Kosmas in high esteem not only because he believed Kosmas to be a holy man but also because Kosmas had earlier predicted great success for him [Note: see the first prophecy of St. Kosmas below]. In 1810 Ali Pasha became master of the city of Berat and its environs. Within four years he succeeded in raising the money required to build the first church in honor of St. Kosmas. Moreover, he personally contributed not only toward the building of the church but paid to have a silver reliquary made in which Kosmas' skull was placed and saw to it that the Saint's service (akolouthia) was composed. It was later printed in Venice by the Epirot printer Nicholas Glykys."
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Selected Prophecies of St. Kosmas Aitolos (taken from:; see the link for many more prophecies of this great saint)

"You will become a great man, you will conquer all of Albania, you will subjugate Preveza, Parga, Souli, Delvino, Gardiki, and the very stronghold of Kurt Pasha. You will leave a great name in the world. Also, you will go to Constantinople,...but with a read beard. This is the will of Divine Providence. Remember, however, throughout your whole reign, to love and defend the Christians, if you want your successors to retain their power."
(This was said at Tepeleni, in present day Albania, to Ali Pasha, and found amazing fulfillment after some thirty years. He became the sole, powerful ruler of Epiros. In saying the Ali Pasha would go to Constantinople but with a "red beard", the Saint meant that Ali Pasha would be beheaded and his head with bloody beard would be sent to that city. This, too, found fulfillment.)

"Things will come out of the schools that your mind does not even imagine."

"You will see in the field a carriage without horses running faster than a rabbit."

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"A time will come when the earth will be girded by a thread."
(electrical power grid and telephone lines)

"A time will come when people will speak from one distant place to another, as though they were in adjoining rooms--for example, from Constantinople to Russia."

"You will see men flying in the sky like starlings, and throwing fire on the earth. Those who will live then will run to graves and will cry out: "Come out you who are dead so that we the living may enter."
(These five successive prophecies of St. Kosmas are in books that were written about a century before the related inventions were made. Hence, they arouse admiration and manifestly testify to the Saint's gift of prophecy.)

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"The Turks will leave, but they shall return and will come as far as Hexamilia. In the end, they shall be driven away to Kokkina Milia. Of the Turks, one third will be killed, another third will be baptized, and the remaining third will go to Kokkina Milia."
(Kokkina Milia was a region which the imagination of the enslaved Greeks placed in the depths of Asia Minor and beyond. It is there that they hoped to push back their oppressors, i.e., where they originally came from.)

"In the City (Constantinople) so much blood will be spilled that a three-year old calf will swim in it."

"After the war, a man will have to run half an hour to find another human being to join him in fellowship."
(The situation prophesied here fits with that anticipated today in the case of a nuclear war.)

Icon of St. Kosmas Aitolos with scenes from his life (Icon courtesy of used with permission)

Selected quotes from St. Kosmas Aitolos (taken from:; see the link and Modern Orthodox Saints I by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos for more information and quotes from St. Kosmas Aitolos)

"This All-holy Trinity we pious Orthodox Christians glorify and worship. He is the true God, and all other so-called gods are demons. And it is not we along that believe, glorify, and worship the Holy Trinity, but angels, archangels, and all the heavenly hosts, as numerous as the stars of the heavens and the grains of the sand of the sea unceasingly praise in hymns and worship and glorify this All-holy Trinity. Again, out of their love for the Holy Trinity men and women as numerous as the stars of the heavens and the grains of the sand of the sea spilt their blood, and as many renounced the world and went to the deserts and led a life of spiritual endeavor, and still as many lived in the world with temperance and virginity, fasting, prayer, almsgiving and other practices; and all went to Paradise and rejoice forever."

"If we want to fare well in this life and to go to Paradise, and to call our God love and father, we must have two loves: the love for God and the love for our neighbor. It is natural for us to have these two loves, and contrary to nature not have them. Just as a swallow needs two wings in order to fly in the air, so we need these two loves, because without them we cannot be saved."

"If you wish to be saved, seek no other thing here in this world as much as love."

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"The Martyrs won Paradise through their blood; the Ascetics, through their ascetic life. Now you, my brethren, who have children, how will you win Paradise? By means of hospitality, by giving to your brothers who are poor, blind, or lame."

"If you want cure your soul, you need four things. The first is to forgive your enemies. The second is to confess thoroughly. The third is to blame yourself. The fourth is to resolve to sin no more. If we wish to be saved, we must always blame ourselves and not attribute our wrong acts to others. And God, Who is most compassionate, will forgive us."

"God created woman equal with man, not inferior...My Christian, you must love your wife as your companion, not consider her as your slave, for she is a creature of God, just as you are. God was crucified for her as much as for you. You call God Father, she calls Him Father, too. Both of you have the same Faith, the same Baptism, the same Book of the Gospels, the same Holy Communion, the same Paradise to enjoy. God does not regard her as inferior to you. "

"This prayer should never be absent from you: Lord Jesus Christ, Son and Logos of the living God, through the Theotokos and all the Saints, have mercy upon me, Thy sinful and unworthy servant." (This is the actual Jesus Prayer: "O LORD JESUS CHRIST, SON OF GOD, HAVE MERCY UPON ME, A SINNER.") Always say this prayer both with your mouth and with your mind, day and night, wherever you may be, whether eating, walking, working, or sitting. Always meditate on it, as it benefits you a great deal., frees you here from every evil, delivers you there from eternal Hell, and renders you worthy of going to Paradise, our heavenly country."

Icon of St. Kosmas Aitolos the Hieromartyr (taken from:

By teaching the Divine Faith, thou hast richly adorned the Church and become a zealous emulator of the Apostles; for having been lifted up by the wings of divine love, that hast spread far and wide the message of the Gospel. O glorious Cosmas, entreat God that He grants us His great mercy.

Having led an irreproachable life on Athos, like Moses thou hast been deemed worthy of God's manifestation; wherefore truly thou dost gladden the Church exceedingly by thy deeds and thy God-inspired words, O Father Cosmas, having contended for which, thou hast been adorned with a double crown.

Rejoice thou emulator of the Apostles, teacher and luminary of the Church; rejoice thou divine cultivator of piety, associate of Martyrs and peer of Angels.
(hymns taken from:

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Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

Love in Christ

Ελπίδα στο Θεό (Άγιος Σεραφείμ του Σάρωφ)

Όσοι έχουν σταθερή ελπίδα προς τον θεό πλησιάζουν κοντά Του και φωτίζονται με τη λάμψη του αιωνίου φωτός.
Ο άνθρωπος, που για την αγάπη του Θεού δεν μεριμνά για τον εαυτό του, έχει ελπίδα αληθινή. Πιστεύει ότι μεριμνά γι’αυτόν ο Θεός.

Αν όμως στηρίζει την ελπίδα του στα έργα του και καταφεύγει στον Θεό μόνο όταν συναντά απρόοπτες δυσκολίες τις οποίες δεν μπορεί να αντιμετωπίσει με τις δικές του δυνάμεις, τότε μια τέτοια ελπίδα είναι μάταια και ψεύτικη. Όποιος έχει την αληθινή ελπίδα ζητεί μόνο τη βασιλεία του Θεού.

Όσο για τα απαραίτητα αγαθά της πρόσκαιρης ζωής είναι σίγουρος πως θα του δοθούν.
Αν στην καρδιά δεν υπάρχει τέτοια ελπίδα δεν είναι δυνατόν να υπάρχει και η ειρήνη.

Η ελπίδα είναι εκείνη που δίνει χαρά και ειρήνη στην καρδιά.

Γι’ αυτή την ελπίδα είπε ο Κύριος : «Δεύτε προς με πάντες οι κοπιώντες και πεφωρτισμένοι καγώ αναπαύσω υμάς (Ματθ,ια΄ 28).

Ελπίζετε δηλαδή σ’ εμένα, κι εγώ θα σας ανακουφίσω από τους κόπους και τους φόβους σας.

Άγιος Σεραφείμ του Σάρωφ


Αφού επί σειρά ετών ο κόσμος γνώριζε ότι η χημειοθεραπεία είναι ο μόνος τρόπος προσπάθειας καταπολέμησης του καρκίνου, το JOHN HOPKINS HOSPITAL επιτέλους ισχυρίζεται ότι υπάρχει κι άλλος τρόπος.

1. Κάθε άνθρωπος έχει καρκινικά κύτταρα στο σώμα του. Αυτά τα καρκινικά κύτταρα δεν φαίνονται στις συνήθεις εξετάσεις, εφόσον δεν έχουν πολλαπλασιαστεί σε ορισμένα δισεκατομμύρια. Όταν ο γιατρός διαβεβαιώνει τους καρκινοπαθείς ότι δεν υπάρχουν πλέον καρκινικά κύτταρα στο σώμα τους μετά από θεραπεία, αυτό σημαίνει απλώς ότι είναι αδύνατη η ανίχνευση των καρκινικών κυττάρων στις εξετάσεις τους, επειδή ο αριθμός τους δεν ανέρχεται καν στο ανιχνεύσιμο ποσό.
2. Καρκινικά κύτταρα εμφανίζονται από 6 έως και περισσότερες από 10 φορές στη ζωή ενός ανθρώπου.

3. Όταν το ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα ενός ατόμου είναι ισχυρό, τα καρκινικά κύτταρα καταστρέφονται και έτσι αποτρέπεται ο πολλαπλασιασμός τους και κατά συνέπεια ο σχηματισμός όγκων.

4. Όταν κάποιος έχει καρκίνο αυτό υποδεικνύει ότι παρουσιάζει πολλαπλές διατροφικές ελλείψεις. Κάτι τέτοιο μπορεί να οφείλεται σε γενετικούς, περιβαλλοντικούς και διατροφικούς παράγοντες, καθώς και στον τρόπο ζωής του ατόμου.

5. Για να ξεπεραστούν οι πολλαπλές διατροφικές ελλείψεις, πρέπει να αλλάξει η διατροφή και να συμπεριληφθούν συμπληρώματα, τα οποία θα ενισχύσουν το ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα.

6. Η χημειοθεραπεία έχει να κάνει με τη δηλητηρίαση των ραγδαία αναπτυσσόμενων καρκινικών κυττάρων, αλλά και με την καταστροφή των ραγδαία αναπτυσσόμενων υγειών κυττάρων στο μυελό των οστών, την γαστρεντερική οδό κ.λπ. και μπορεί να προκαλέσει οργανικές βλάβες, στο ήπαρ, τους νεφρούς, την καρδιά, τους πνεύμονες κ.λπ.

7. Η ακτινοβολία καταστρέφει τα καρκινικά κύτταρα και παράλληλα, καυτηριάζει, σημαδεύει και καταστρέφει υγιή κύτταρα, ιστούς και όργανα.
8. Η αρχική θεραπεία με ακτινοβολίες και χημειοθεραπεία συχνά μειώνει το μέγεθος ενός όγκου. Ωστόσο, η παρατεταμένη χρήση χημειοθεραπείας και ακτινοβολίας δεν έχει ως αποτέλεσμα την περαιτέρω καταστροφή ενός όγκου.

9. Όταν το σώμα φέρει υπερβολικό τοξικό φορτίο από χημειοθεραπείες και ακτινοβολίες, το ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα έχει είτε κατασταλεί είτε καταστραφεί, έτσι το άτομο μπορεί να υποκύψει σε διάφορα είδη μολύνσεων και επιπλοκών.

10. Η χημειοθεραπεία και η ακτινοβολία μπορούν να προκαλέσουν τη μετάλλαξη των καρκινικών κυττάρων, ούτως ώστε να γίνουν πιο ανθεκτικά με αποτέλεσμα να καταστρέφονται πιο δύσκολα. Οι χειρουργικές επεμβάσεις μπορεί να έχουν ως αποτέλεσμα την εξάπλωση των καρκινικών κυττάρων και σε άλλες περιοχές.

11. Ένας αποτελεσματικός τρόπος καταπολέμησης του καρκίνου είναι η εξασθένηση των καρκινικών κυττάρων, με το να μην τους παρέχεται η τροφή που χρειάζονται για να πολλαπλασιαστούν.


α. Η ζάχαρη τρέφει τον καρκίνο. Αφαιρώντας τη ζάχαρη από τη διατροφή μας απομακρύνουμε μία σημαντική πηγή ενέργειας από τα καρκινικά κύτταρα. Τα υποκατάστατα ζάχαρης, όπως τα Canderel, NutraSweet, Equal, Spoonful κ.λπ. παράγονται από ασπαρτάμη, που είναι βλαβερή. Ένα καλύτερο φυσικό υποκατάστατο θα ήταν το μέλι Manuka ή οι μελάσες αλλά μόνο σε πολύ μικρές ποσότητες. Το επιτραπέζιο αλάτι περιέχει χημικές προσθήκες για να αποκτήσει το λευκό του χρώμα.
Καλύτερη εναλλακτική είναι μπαχαρικά τύπου Bragg’s aminos ή θαλασσινό αλάτι.

β. Το γάλα κάνει το σώμα μας να παράγει βλέννα, ιδίως στη γαστρεντερική οδό. Ο καρκίνος τρέφεται από τη βλέννα. Διακόπτοντας το γάλα και υποκαθιστώντας το με γάλα σόγιας χωρίς προσθήκη γλυκαντικών, τα καρκινικά κύτταρα εξασθενούν.

γ. Τα καρκινικά κύτταρα ευδοκιμούν σε όξινα περιβάλλοντα. Μία διατροφή βασισμένη στο κρέας είναι όξινη. Είναι προτιμότερο να τρώμε ψάρι και λίγο κοτόπουλο, από ότι μοσχαρίσιο ή χοιρινό κρέας. Το κρέας περιέχει επίσης αντιβιοτικά, αυξητικές ορμόνες και παράσιτα που είναι όλα επιβλαβή, ειδικά για καρκινοπαθείς.

δ. Μία διατροφή που αποτελείται από 80% φρέσκους χυμούς και λαχανικά, σιτηρά ολικής αλέσεως, σπόρους, ξηρούς καρπούς και λίγα φρούτα σας βοηθά να δημιουργήσετε ένα αλκαλικό περιβάλλον στο σώμα σας. Το 20% μπορεί να αποτελείται από μαγειρεμένα γεύματα στα οποία να περιλαμβάνονται τα φασόλια.

Οι χυμοί από φρέσκα λαχανικά παρέχουν ζωντανά ένζυμα που απορροφούνται εύκολα και φτάνουν στα κύτταρα μέσα σε 15 λεπτά τρέφοντας και ενισχύοντας την ανάπτυξη υγιών κυττάρων. Για την πρόσληψη ζωντανών ενζύμων και τη δημιουργία υγιών κυττάρων δοκιμάστε να πιείτε φρέσκο χυμό λαχανικών (από τα περισσότερα λαχανικά, συμπεριλαμβανομένων των βλαστών από τα φασόλια) και να φάτε ωμά λαχανικά 2 ή 3 φορές την ημέρα. Τα ένζυμα καταστρέφονται σε θερμοκρασίες άνω των 40 βαθμών Κελσίου (104 βαθμοί Φαρενάιτ).

ε. Αποφεύγετε καφέ, τσάι και σοκολάτα, τα οποία περιέχουν μεγάλη ποσότητα καφεΐνης. Το πράσινο τσάι είναι η καλύτερη εναλλακτική και έχει ιδιότητες κατά του καρκίνου. Νερό, καλύτερα καθαρισμένο ή φιλτραρισμένο, για την αποφυγή γνωστών τοξινών και βαρέων μετάλλων που περιέχονται στο νερό της βρύσης. Το αποσταγμένο νερό είναι όξινο και καλύτερα να αποφεύγεται.

12. Η πρωτεΐνη του κρέατος είναι δύσπεπτη και απαιτεί πολλά πεπτικά ένζυμα. Το άπεπτο κρέας που παραμένει στα έντερα αποσυντίθεται και έχει ως αποτέλεσμα μεγαλύτερη συσσώρευση τοξικών ουσιών.

13. Τα τοιχώματα των καρκινικών κυττάρων αποτελούνται από μία σκληρή πρωτεϊνική στιβάδα. Αποφεύγοντας ή μειώνοντας την κατανάλωση κρέατος απελευθερώνονται περισσότερα ένζυμα που επιτίθενται στα πρωτεϊνικά τοιχώματα των καρκινικών κυττάρων με αποτέλεσμα τα κύτταρα φονείς να μπορούν να τα καταστρέψουν.

14. Ορισμένα υποκατάστατα ενισχύουν το ανοσοποιητικό σύστημα (IP6, Flor ssence, Essiac, αντιοξειδωτικά, βιταμίνες, μεταλλικά στοιχεία, ουσιαστικά λιπαρά οξέα κ.λπ.). Άλλα υποκατάστατα όπως η βιταμίνη Ε είναι γνωστό ότι προκαλούν απόπτωση ή προγραμματισμένο κυτταρικό θάνατο, τη φυσιολογική μέθοδο του σώματος να απορρίπτει τα κατεστραμμένα, ανεπιθύμητα ή αχρείαστα κύτταρα.

15. Ο καρκίνος είναι μία ασθένεια του μυαλού, του σώματος και της ψυχής. Ένα ενεργό και θετικό πνεύμα θα βοηθήσει τον μαχητή του καρκίνου να επιβιώσει. Ο θυμός, η πικρία και τα δυσάρεστα συναισθήματα θέτουν το σώμα σε ένα αγχώδες και όξινο περιβάλλον. Μάθετε το πνεύμα σας να αγαπά και να συγχωρεί. Μάθετε να χαλαρώνετε και να απολαμβάνετε τη ζωή.

16. Τα καρκινικά κύτταρα δεν μπορούν να ευδοκιμήσουν σε οξυγονωμένα περιβάλλοντα. Η καθημερινή άσκηση και οι βαθιές αναπνοές βοηθούν στη διοχέτευση περισσότερου οξυγόνου στα κύτταρα. Η οξυγονοθεραπεία είναι μία ακόμα μέθοδος που χρησιμοποιείται για την καταστροφή των καρκινικών κυττάρων.

Christian equality ( Fr. Seraphim Rose )

We have one particular idea right now that’s taking possession of people: the so-called idea of women’s liberation. This takes the form of women priestesses in the Anglican Church, and also in the Catholic Church, which is preparing for it now.

Of course, if you look at this seriously, sit down and think about it, and you read what St. Paul says about women and so forth, you have no problems. It’s all very clear that this is some kind of crazy new idea. But it is also very interesting to look at this more deeply and see where it comes from—why is there such an idea, what is it, what’s behind it?—because if you understand the strategy of the devil, you’re a little better equipped to fight against it.

This particular idea of women’s liberation can be traced back at least two hundred years. Of course, you can go back even before that, but its present from goes back at least two hundred years, to the forerunners of Karl Marx, the early Socialists. These Socialists were talking about a great new utopian age which is going to come when all the distinctions of class and race and religion and so forth are abolished. There will be a great new society, they said, when everybody is equal. This idea, of course, was based originally upon Christianity, but it distorted Christianity, and amounted to its opposite.

There was a particular philosopher in China in the late nineteenth century who brought this philosophy to its logical conclusion, as far as it could go. His name is K’ang Yu-Wei (1858-1927). He’s not particularly interesting except as he incarnates this philosophy of the age, this spirit of the times. He was actually one of the forerunners of Mao Tse-Tung and the takeover of China by the communists. He based his ideas not only on distorted Christianity, which he took from the liberals and Protestants in the West, but also on Buddhist ideas. He came up with the idea of a utopia which was to come into being, I think, in the 21st century according to his prophecies. In this utopia, all ranks of society, all religious differences, and all other kinds of differences which affect social intercourse will be abolished. Everyone will sleep in dormitories and eat in common halls. And then with his Buddhist ideas he began to go beyond this. He said that all distinctions between the sexes would be abolished. Once mankind is united, there’s not reason to halt there—this movement must go on further. There must be an abolition between man and animals. Animals also will come into this kingdom, and once you have animals… The Buddhists are also very respectful to vegetables and plants; therefore, the whole vegetable kingdom has to come into this paradise, and in the end the inanimate world, also. So, at the very end of t he world, where will be an absolute utopia of all kinds of beings who have somehow become intermingled with each other, and everybody’s absolutely equal.

Of course, you read about this and you say the man must be crazy. But if you look deeply, you see that this is coming from a deep desire to have some kind of happiness on earth. No pagan philosophy, however, gives happiness; no man-made philosophy gives happiness. Only Christianity gives hope for a kingdom which is not of this world. The idea to have a perfect kingdom comes from Christianity, but since the early Socialists did not believe in the other world or in God, they dreamed of making this kingdom in this world. That is what communism is all about.

We see what happens, of course, when this idea is put into practice. You have the experiment of the French Revolution, which had apparently good ideas—liberty, equality, fraternity—or the Bolshevik Revolution, or in more recent times the various other communist revolutions. Last of all you have Cambodia, a poor little country which for three years suffered absolute communism and found that at least one-fourth of its population was exterminated because it didn’t fit. Everyone who had more than a high-school education had to be eliminated, everyone who thought for himself, and so forth. Now the regime has been overthrown by people who are a little less ruthless, but there’s nothing much to cheer about.

This shows that once you try to put these ideas into operation, you get, not paradise on earth, but more like hell on earth. In fact, the whole experiment in Russia for the last sixty years has been a proof of this, that there is no paradise on earth, except in the Church of Christ, with sufferings.8 Our Lord prophesied that already in this life we would receive back a hundredfold what we give, but it must be with persecutions and sufferings. Those who wish to have this happiness on earth without suffering and persecutions, and without even believing in God, make hell on earth.

Fr. Seraphim Rose

Lost Paradise ( St. Ignatius Brianchaninov )

 O ye who have been banished from Paradise! It is not for enjoyments, not for festivity, not for playing that we find ourselves on earth, but in order that by faith, repentance, and the Cross, we might kill the death which has killed us and restore to ourselves 
the lost Paradise !

St. Ignatius Brianchaninov

Virtues ( St. Anthony the Great )

   Without the gift of discrimination no virtue can stand or remain firm to the end, for it is the mother of all the virtues and their guardian.

St. Anthony the Great
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