Thursday, May 1, 2014

Να μη σκέπτεσθε μόνο τι θα φάτε, τι θα φορέσετε ( Όσιος Γεώργιος Καρσλίδης )

«Να μη σκέπτεσθε μόνο τι θα φάτε, τι θα φορέσετε, τι μεγάλο σπίτι θα χτίσετε. Να κτυπάτε τις πόρτες των φτωχών, των αρρώστων, των ορφανών. Περισσότερο να προτιμάτε τα σπίτια των θλιμμένων παρά των χαρούμενων. Εάν κάνετε καλά έργα, θα έχετε μεγάλο μισθό από τον Θεό. Θ’ αξιωθείτε να δείτε θαύματα, και στην άλλη ζωή θα έχετε απέραντη αγαλλίαση».

Όσιος Γεώργιος Καρσλίδης

Aνοίξτε την καρδιά σας ( Γέροντας Σωφρόνιος Σαχάρωφ )

Αγαπητοί μου αδελφοί και αδελφές, ανοίξτε την καρδιά σας, για να χαράξει εκεί το Αγιο Πνεύμα την εικόνα του Χριστού. Τότε θα γίνετε σιγά-σιγά ικανοί να έχετε μέσα σας τη χαρά και το πένθος, το θάνατο και την ανάσταση.

Γέροντας Σωφρόνιος Σαχάρωφ

Illnesses were rare ...( St. Seraphim of Sarov )

Despite their fasting, and to the surprise of others, the holy fathers did not know weakness but always remained hearty, strong and ready for the task at hand. Illnesses were rare among them and their lives were extraordinarily prolonged.

St. Seraphim of Sarov

Man's heart working for God ( Elder Paisios )

Although most women have great prerequisites for the spiritual life, they make little progress. They have less logic, a trait that is not harmful but rather beneficial in regards to faith, whereas men undermine their faith with their logic. While women possess love in their nature and can dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to God, men need work in order to make their hearts beat for God. When man’s heart does not work for God, he is in no way different from a stone statue.

Elder Paisios

Consider everyone your brother or your sister ( Elder Paisios )

"To some people your love will be expressed with joy and to others it will be expressed with your pain. You will consider everyone your brother or your sister, for we are all children of Eve (of the large family of Adam, of God). Then, in your prayer you will say: ‘My God, help those first who are in greater need, whether they are alive or reposed brothers in the Lord.’ At that point, you will share your heart with the whole world and you will have nothing but immense love, which is Christ" 

(Elder Paisios of Mount Athos, Epistles, p. 50).

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