God is fire and when He came into the world, and became man, He sent fire on the earth, as He Himself says; this fire turns about searching to find material – that is a disposition and an intention that is good – to fall into and to kindle; and for those in whom this…

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When you perceive an evil thought, rebut it and immediately call upon Christ to defend you; and while you are still speaking, Jesus in His gentle love will say: “Behold, I am by your side ready to help you.” When the whole detachment of the enemy has been put out of action through prayer, again…

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You have given us grace at this time to offer You a common prayer together and have promised that when two or three are gathered together in Your name, that You will grant their requests; fulfill, Lord, the prayers of Your servants, which are for our welfare, grant us the knowledge of Your truth in…

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Master who loves us, shine Your eternal light in our hearts that we may better know you. Help us to fully understand Your gospel message. Instill in us respect for Your holy commandments, that by overcoming our worldly desires we might live a spiritual life of thoughts and deeds which pleases You. We ask this…

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True hope seeks the Kingdom of God alone and is convinced that everything earthly that is necessary for the transitory life will unfailingly be given. The heart cannot have peace until it acquires this hope. It gives peace to the heart and brings joy into it. St. Seraphim of Sarov  

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O Lord God Jesus Christ, the Life and strength of all that put their hope in You’, Whose mercies are numberless, and the treasury of goodness that is infinite, we give thanks to You for the blessings which You have bestowed upon us. Prepare us by Your blessings in this life for the enjoyment of…

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Do not require a return for benefits bestowed. Hear what is written, ‘When you make a dinner or a supper, do not call your friends, nor your brethren, neither your kinsmen, nor your rich neighbors, lest they also invite you later in recompense. But when you make a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the…

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Why do we seek life in men, in enjoyments, in money, in honors, in dress, etc.? There is no life for the heart in these things, but only affliction, confinement, and spiritual death. Why do we forsake the Fountain of living waters – the Lord, and hew out ‘cisterns, broken cisterns that can hold no…

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…alas for the soul that is unaware of its wounds and that in its endless sinfulness and obduracy does not think it has anything evil within it: the good doctor will not visit it or heal it, since it does not seek Him out or have any concern for its wounds, because it thinks it…

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