We have very little faith in the Lord, very little trust. If we trusted the Lord as much as we trust a friend when we ask him to do something for us, neither we as individuals nor our whole country would suffer so much.- Elder Thaddeus (Our Thoughts determine our Lives)
When the roaring sea overwhelmed me , I feared not for I found shelter in Your wings.
Your breath ,Lord sustains my life
“Come” He whispers.
“Come seek My Beauty in my secret place.
Come, and I will show you what eye has not seen nor ear has heard, nor can man even fathom
Come, abide in the secret place of My heart, and be attuned to the gentle beats of My heart which will reveal the secret of My Love
Come, listen close, to this heart which pumps the life-giving water to all men who seek”
Come, rest under the shadow of My wings
Come. Rest. Drink. Live. Breathe My Presence.”
Let your demeanor, your dress, your walking, your sitting down, the nature of your food, the quality of your being, your house and what it contains, aim at simplicity.
And let your speech, your singing, your manner with your neighbor, let these things also be in accord with humility rather than with vanity.
In your words let there be no empty pretence, in your singing no excess sweetness, in conversation be not ponderous or overbearing. In everything refrain from seeking to appear important.
Be a help to your friends, kind to the ones with whom you live, gentle to your servant, patient with those who are troublesome, loving towards the lowly, comforting those in trouble, visiting those in affliction, never despising anyone, gracious in friendship, cheerful in answering others, courteous, approachable to everyone, never speaking your own praises, nor getting others to speak of them, never taking part in unbecoming conversations, and concealing where you may whatever gifts you posses.”
St. Basil the Great, Homily on Humility, 20
When despondency seizes us, let us not give in to it. Rather, fortified and protected by the light of faith, let us with great courage say to the spirit of evil: “What are you to us, you who are cut off from God, a fugitive for Heaven, and a slave of evil? You dare not do anything to us: Christ, the Son of God, has dominion over us and over all. Leave us, you thing of bane. We are made steadfast by the uprightness of His Cross. Serpent, we trample on your head.
St.Seraphim of Sarov
Prayer is the constant feeling of our own spiritual poverty and infirmity, the contemplation in ourselves, in others, and in nature of the works of the great wisdom, mercy, and almighty power of God; prayer is–a continually grateful frame of mind. Prayer is the lifting up of the mind and heart to God,” the contemplation of God, the daring converse of the creature with the Creator, the soul reverently standing before Him, as before the King and the Life Itself, giving life to all; the oblivion of everything that surrounds us, the food of the soul; its air and light, its life-giving warmth, its cleansing from sin; the easy yoke of Christ, His light burden. St.John of Krondstat