Peaceful Reflections

 Reflections in a pond, Mill Dam A peaceful spot at the north end of the Duns Castle Nature Reserve

for those times you just need some quiet time to sit, read just a short bit and reflect


Any Desire, no matter how good it appears, cannot rival the desire for Christ or for the Panagia.  When I give my heart to God, will not God give me His entire Self in return?  God seeks man's heart:  My son, give me your heart (Proverbs 23:26).  If man gives God his heart, God will grant him his heart's desires - as long as they will not be harmful to him.  Only  a heart given to Christ is not wasted, and only in Christ does one find - in abundance- the gift of divine love in this life, and heavenly exaltation in the next life.            

~  Elder Paisios the Athonite



The soul that has come to know God fully no longer desires anything else, nor does it attach itself to anything on the earth; and if you put before it a kingdom, it would not desire it, for the love of God gives such sweetness and joy to the soul that even the life of a king can no longer give it any sweetness.
~    St. Silouan the Athonite


Do not desire to hear about the misfortunes of those who oppose you. For those who listen to such speech later reap the fruits of their evil intention.                
~St. Mark the Ascetic




Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me, a Sinner.

May this day bring you peace and thoughtful, God filled reflections to fill your heart throughout your days.

I thought perhaps once in a while, I would share some of my favorite quotes from our Church Fathers.  They are quotes I find from various sources - books I'm reading, Orthodox Calendars, quotes I see on the internet, etc.  I hope they bring you much spiritual enlightenment.

True Love of God, and of divine knowledge, when it is joined with the soul's renunciation of its love affair with material embodiment, is our deliverance from all evil, and the short road to our salvation.    ~  St. Maximus the Confessor

He who wishes to overcome temptation without prayer and patient endurance will not succeed in driving them away, but will, in fact, become more entangled in them.   ~  St.  Mark the Ascetic

The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.   ~ St. Basil the Great