Peaceful Reflections

I enjoy reading books on Orthodoxy.  I should probably write a few book reviews on them to support the reading of my Orthodox followers.  I did write about one in particular a few weeks ago, The Ascetic Lives of Mothers by Annalisa Boyd.  But sometimes I don't have time to read a long book.  Yet I still need the uplifting words of our saints or spiritual fathers.  For those moments, a few short quotes can bring peace to my soul and reflection throughout the day.

"Love every person regardless of his sinful state.  Sin is sin but the basis of a human being is one and only - the image of God."  - St. John of Kronstadt
"Through the prayer, man is cleansed, brightened, sanctified. " -Elder Amphilochios of Patmos

"The first step toward freedom from anger is to keep the lips silent when the heart is stirred; the next to keep thoughts silent when the soul is upset; the last to be totally calm when unclean winds are blowing."   - St. John Climacus

"Leave all human justices to the Lord for God is the Judge.  But as for yourself, be diligent in loving everybody with a pure heart.  You must remember that you yourself are a great sinner and in need of God's mercy.  But in order to deserve God's mercy, we must forgive in every way.  The Lord is everything to all;  He is the Judge as well as the generous Giver of gifts and mercy and cleansing from sins and the light, the peace, the joy and the strength of the heart."   -St. John of Kronstadt

"Let us not forget the words of Scripture that say, 'God's power is made perfect in weakness!' (2 Cor. 12.9). And let us not forget that whenever insurmountable hardships are overcome; whenever turmoil is replaced by tranquility; whenever persistent doubts are put to rest; whenever smoothing comes to be out of nothing at all -- there we can clearly discern the indiscernible Right Hand of God, we witness firsthand the unmistakable Will of God!"  - St. Raphael of Brooklyn

"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."  - Philippians 4:13




5 thoughts on “Peaceful Reflections

  1. Janice Biscoe

    Everyone of those thoughts are so true and yet, so difficult at times for all of us. We keep striving to make ourselves in His image and thank Him for understanding that we are human, and He can forgive our transgressions.

    1. orthodoxmom3

      You are so right. It is not easy at all but something we must always strive for. Because we are made in His image, it is possible for us to strive to such a high goal....but indeed, difficult and yes, I am so grateful for His forgiveness.

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