The Gospel teaches us to cut off the roots of our sins and not merely their fruits. When we have dug the root of anger out of our heart, we will no longer act with hatred or envy. ‘Whoever hates his brother is a murderer’ (I Jn. 3:15), for he kills him with the hatred in his mind. The blood of a man who has been…

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He who puts them into practice will escape all punishment and will live in peace, whether he dwells in the desert or in the midst of brethren. 1. The monk must die to his neighbor and never judge him at all, in any way whatever. 2. The monk must die to everything before leaving the…

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O Jesus my Lord, Who became man and graced us with the beauty of Your life and with the example of faith, purity and love; help me, I pray, to love You with all my mind, heart and soul, and to live according to Your teachings. Strengthen me when temptations strike, that I may remain…

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You should wish for your affairs to turn out, not as you think best, but according to God’s will. Then you will be undisturbed and thankful in your prayer. Saint Evagrios the Solitary

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Shine within our hearts, Loving Master, the pure light of Your divine knowledge and open the eyes of our minds that we may comprehend the message of Your Gospel. Instill in us, also, reverence for Your blessed commandments: 1.   I am the Lord Thy God, thou shalt have no other gods before Me. 2.   Thou…

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O Lord, grant me strength to endure the fatigue of the coming day and all the events that take place during it. Direct my will and teach me to pray, to believe, to hope, to be patient, to forgive and to love. Amen.

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Having risen from sleep, I hasten to You, O Master, Lover of mankind, and by Your loving-kindness, I strive to do Your work, and I pray to You: Help me at all times, in everything, and deliver me from every worldly, evil thing and every impulse of the evil one, and save me and lead…

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Christ our God, who is worshipped and glorified at all times and in every hour in heaven and on earth; who is most patient, loving and kind; who loves the just and shows mercy to sinners; who calls all to salvation through the promise of the blessings to come; Lord, at this time receive our…

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Lord, give me the strength to greet the coming day in peace. Help me in all things to rely on Your holy will. Reveal Your will to me every hour of the day. Bless my dealings with all people. Teach me to treat all people who come to me throughout the day with peace of…

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We thank You, Lord our God, that again on this occasion You opened our eyes to the light of Your wisdom. You gladden our hearts with the knowledge of truth. We entreat You, Lord, help us always to do Your will. Bless our souls and bodies, our words and deeds. Enable us to grow in…

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