Peaceful Reflections

Last week I wrote about how reading some uplifting words of our saints or spiritual fathers can bring peace and reflection for those days I don't have time to sit down and read a whole chapter. I enjoyed the comments from last Monday's Peaceful Reflections and decided to add a few more for this Monday.  Perhaps it will turn into a routine... we'll see!

"Though God knows all our needs, prayer is necessary for the cleansing and enlightenment of our soul.  It is well to stand in the sunshine; it is warm and light; likewise, when standing in prayer before God, our spiritual Sun, we are warmed and enlightened.  It is necessary to wash ourselves from dirt, and prayer is washing ourselves from spiritual filth, that is from sins."   ~St. John of Kronstadt

"Let not one think, my fellow Christian, that only priests and monks need to pray without ceasing and not laymen No, no; every Christian without exception ought to dwell always in prayer."  ~ St. Gregory of Palamas

"He who busies himself with the sins of others, or judges his brother on suspicion, has not yet even begun to repent or to examine himself so as to discover his own sins..." ~ St. Maximos the Confessor

"Do not be irritated either with those who sin or those who offend; do not have a passion for noticing every sin in your neighbour, and for judging him, as we are in the habit of doing. Everyone shall give an answer to God for himself. Everyone has a conscience; everyone hears God's Word, and knows God's Will either from books or from conversation with other people. Especially do not look with evil intention upon the sins of your elders, which do not regard you; "to his own master he standeth or falleth." Correct your own sins, amend your own life."~St. John of Kronstadt

"You heard me when I called, O God of my righteousness.  You strengthened my heart when I was in distress;  Have mercy on me, and hear my prayer."  Psalm 4:1-2

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