Monthly Archives: May 2017

Thy Will Be Done

“For every action of his, man must ask himself, “What I am doing pleases me, but does it also please God?” and must examine whether it is pleasing to God. If we forget to do this, then we also forget God. That’s why in the old days they used to say: “For God’s sake!”…Or else people would say: “God willing,” or “If God permits it.” People felt the presence of God everywhere, they kept God constantly before them and they were careful. They actually lived what the Psalm says: ‘I have set the Lord always before me…’”

Peace

“Sweet life is not experienced by those who enjoy it in a worldly way, but rather by those who live spiritually and accept bitterness with joy, like a healing herb for the soul’s health, and eat only for their bodily preservation.”

The Burden of Knowledge

“The martyrs suffered much, but only for a short time. The prophets, on the other hand, suffered all the time because they could see what was really going on. Although they shouted warnings, people went on with their usual ways. When, finally, it was time and the wrath of God came on account of their deeds, the prophets who lived among them were also affected.”

True Inner Peace

“If we work to correct ourselves and look more intently towards our “inner” activity rather than our external, giving precedence to divine help, we can in turn be of greater and more positive help to others. We will also achieve an inner serenity that will quietly help the souls of the people we encounter, because spiritual serenity reflects the virtue of the soul and transforms souls.”

A Heart Made for Grace

“In order for the Grace of God to abide in anyone, that person must be guileless and pure. God offers Himself to those who have a purified simplicity. When simplicity and purity along with fervent faith and devotion are prescient, then a person can later experience divine events and come to know the mysteries of God, without having prior knowledge.”

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Love of the World

“My thought tells me that the greatest enemy – even greater than the devil – for our soul’s salvation is the worldly spirit, for it sweetly misleads us and in the end eternally embitters us. Yet, if we saw the devil himself, we would be terrified and forced to immediately resort to God and secure Paradise.”