Edifying quotes from Orthodox Saints and Elders

DelMarMisty

Sparrow
Woman
There will come a time when corruption and lewdness among the youth will reach the utmost point. There will hardly be any virgin youth left. They will see their lack of punishment and will think that everything is allowable for them to satisfy their desires. God will call them, however, and they will realize that it will not be possible for them to continue such a life. Then in various ways they will be led to God...That time will be beautiful. That today they are sinning greatly, will lead them to a deeper repentance. Just like the candle before it goes out, it shines strongly and throws sparks; with its light, it enlightens the surrounding darkness; thus, it will be the Church's life in the last age. And that time is near.”

+ Saint Seraphim of Vyritsa
 

Enea

Pigeon
“According to Christian doctrine, if we act in the likeness of the God who is totally loving towards all, we act like men come to the highest point of their own realization, for our hearts are full of the most fervent love of all, God’s love. In this the sensitivity to the pain of anyone else is heart-rending, greater even than for our own pain. And this is to comprehend the others more intensely in one’s own self.

From within the personal God there radiates our goodness, the purity of his disinterest towards himself — or, more positively, of his interest in man — transparence, and communicability. He thereby attracts into communion with himself any person who desires this, transmitting to him the same goodness, transparence, and communicability. From one perspective we give the name “purity from passions” to this goodness, transparence, and communicability, from another, “virtue.” For there can be no virtue where there is passion. Passion is the blindness of exclusive concern with self. Hence, freedom from passions or dispassion — without which there is no virtue — is not the absence of sensibility but rather a supreme sensibility for others. To be able to acquire sensibility, you must suffer in the struggle against your own passions. Only through the cross do we attain the sensibility of sinlessness, that is, of virtue, for virtue means living for others.
- Dumitru Staniloae, Orthodox Dogmatic Theology, vol. 1, pg 227
 

Enea

Pigeon
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Enea

Pigeon
There is among the passions an anger of the intellect, and this anger is in accordance with nature. Without anger a man cannot attain purity: he has to feel angry with all that is sown in him by the enemy.’

- St. Isaiah the Solitary
 
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