Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Smolensk Icon of the Theotokos

Just as it is impossible....

Just as it is impossible without oil and flame for a lamp to bum and thus to give light to those in the house, so it is impossible without the divine fire and Spirit for a soul to speak clearly about divine matters and to illumine others. For every perfect gift bestowed on the devout soul 'is from above . . . from the Father of lights, in whom there is no variableness or shadow due to change' (Jas. 1:17).

Nikitas Stithatos
On the Practice of the Virtues: One Hundred Texts

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness" (mutual love), "and all these things shall be added unto you" (from God).

This is the most indispensable truth for you. Follow it!

Set your hope in everything upon God. "Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you."

Indeed, how is it possible to live as we live, as though there were no God caring for us?

We think to order everything ourselves. We think to provide for ourselves, setting aside the thought of God, Who careth for us all.

St John of Kronstadt

Monday, August 5, 2013

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Prayer does not consist merely in standing and bowing your body or in reading written prayers….it is possible to pray at all times, in all places, with mind and spirit. You can lift up your mind and heart to God while walking, sitting, working, in a crowd and in solitude. His door is always open, unlike man’s. We can always say to Him in our hearts -- Lord, Lord have mercy.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

St Basil the Great

When you sit down to eat, pray. When you eat bread, do so thanking Him for being so generous to you.

If you drink wine, be mindful of Him who has given it to you for your pleasure and as a relief in sickness.

When you dress, thank Him for His kindness in providing you with clothes.

When you look at the sky and the beauty of the stars, throw yourself at God's feet and adore Him who in His wisdom has arranged things in this way.

Similarly, when the sun goes down and when it rises, when you are asleep or awake, give thanks to God, who created and arranged all things for your benefit, to have you know, love and praise their Creator.

St. Basil the Great

HCM 8/4/2013