Giving Freely

“Even is someone who begs from you is not in need, you should still give to him. Be happy in giving to him. God Himself ‘maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust’, so why should we not help our neighbor? Are we worthy of all the gifts granted to us by God? God does not deal with us according to our sins, nor reward us according to our iniquities.”

Battling Satan

“People who struggle spiritually are fighting against the devil the enemy, and so it is only natural that they will be fought against by him, too. Those who defeat the noetic enemy will be crowned by Christ.”

Pray Without Ceasing

“By keeping your mind constantly on God, by thinking of God; invoke the Jesus Prayer; speak with God. When a person practices this, he will, at first, sense a little bit of the love of God; later, as he advances, he will feel it all the more.”

Unbaptized Infants

“She wasn’t responsible for the miscarriage, so she must have confidence in the mercy of God. God maintains the records for these children… It would be a serious sin of omission if she didn’t have her child baptized out of neglect and indifference and he died unbaptized. You dealt with the matter rationally. This is the theology.”

God’s Love for the Lost

The judgments of God are an inscrutable abyss. One thing I know: those who live a worldly life because they were not helped and went astray, or were forcibly pushed into evil ways when in fact they had a good disposition, such people move God to action and God will help them.”

Joy from Criticism

“We should owe more gratefulness to those who have treated us ungratefully  than to those who are constantly grateful to us and pay us back in this vain life. Likewise, the greatest blessing of all is when they unjustly curse us and we accept it silently and with kindness.”

Love of Everything

“When one gives his heart to God, he loves everything; he not only loves all people, he also loves the birds, the trees, even the snakes. He reveres with devotion only God and the saints, but also all human beings, images of God. Since he considers all of creation to a blessing from his Creator.”

No Worries

“So don’t worry, God is above everything and everyone, governing all things, and will call on each of us to account for our actions, and we will each receive our just reward. Those who aided others will be rewarded and those who caused harm will be punished. Ultimately, God will order things aright, but each one of us will have to account for what we did during these difficult years, with our prayers and kindnesses.”

Divine Consolation

“Do you want your prayer to become a prayer of the heart, so it is welcome by God?  Then, make the pain of your fellowmen your own. Even just a sigh from the heart on behalf of your neighbor will have positive results. The divine information on your welcome prayer is the divine consolation you feel after praying.”