Monthly Archives: March 2017

Activity

“You must work in order to eat, even if you have money. Work helps a man thaw out the oil of his engine. To work is to create. It gives you joy and takes away your anxiety and boredom.”

Work

Charity at Home

“Some people again, while giving five hundred, even a thousand drachmas to a poor person, will start bargaining over five or ten drachmas with the poor laborer who works for him. I can’t understand this. You give five hundred or even a thousand drachmas to a stranger, the person you have beside you, who helps you, you allow to go hungry? This is the person you are obligated to love and help first.”

Justice; Neighbor

Prayer at Night

“Peaceful, night-time prayer is of great assistance with its calmness and is also more efficacious for our spiritual development, just as the silent, night-time rain is of great benefit to growing plants.”

Prayer; Vigil

Charity

“The spiritual change that the soul receives from a small act of charity or kindness to its fellowmen, along with the rejoicing of the heart, cannot be given by the greatest cardiologist, even if you offer him a sack full of dollars.”

Mercy;  Charity; Alms

Pure Acts

“Whatever we do we must do purely for Christ, keeping in mind that Christ sees us and is observing us; Christ must be at the center of our every action. The human element must not get in the way.”

Love of Christ

Value of Illness

“My child, listen to me if you like and don’t go anywhere. Be patient. I have received no benefit here from my works. Only sickness was of benefit to me. So stay in the Garden of Our Most Holy Lady and be a little patient with the pains. Then your soul will be greatly benefited.”
(Anonymous Elder speaking to his disciple in a vision quoted by Elder St. Paisios)

Sickness; Long-suffering; Patience

Trust and Alms

“Is some poor person asking you for help? Even if you doubt his situation, you should still help him discreetly so that you are not tempted by negative thoughts. Do you know what Abba Isaac says? ‘If someone on horseback should stretch out his hand and ask alms of you, do not refuse him, for at that moment he is certainly in need.’  You never know what state he may be in. You should believe what the other person tells you -and give as you are asked.”

Trust; Generosity

False Peace

“Fasting and ascetic struggle are prerequisites for prayer. But for prayer to be proper and effective one must have compassion for others. For it is a rule of many Christians in our time not to want to have any worries. Even retired people who sit around all day don’t want to approach an abandoned child, for this requires work and effort, which will disturb their serenity.”

Compassion;  Sacrifice

Hidden Pride

“External pride is obvious and can easily be cured. External pride in a person can be seen in the clothes he wears, the way he walks and the way he talks; therefore, one can tell him a thing or two, and he can be helped. However, inner pride is rather sly, and for this reason, is difficult to cure.”

Pride