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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2014 6:07 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

It once passed through the mind of Anthony the Great to wonder what measure of holiness he had attained. God, however, Who wished to humble his mind, showed him in a dream one night that a certain cobbler, who had a shop on one of the out-of-the-way streets of Alexandria, was better than he.

As soon as day broke, the Saint took his staff and set out for the city. He wanted to meet this renown cobbler himself and to see his virtues. With great difficulty, he found his shop, went inside, sat down beside him on his bench, and began to ask about his life.

The simple man, who could not figure out who this old monk who came so suddenly to interrogate him was, answered him ever so slowly and calmly, without taking his eyes from the shoe that he was mending.

"I do not know, Abba, if I have ever done any good. Every morning I get up and do my prayers and then I begin my work. However, I first say to myself that all the people in this city, from the very least to the very greatest, will be saved, and only I will be condemned for my many sins. And in the evening when I lie down, again I think about the same thing."

The Saint stood up in wonderment, embraced the cobbler, kissed him, and said to him with emotion: "You, my brother, like a good merchant, have easily gained the precious pearl. I have grown old in the desert, toiling and sweating, but I have not attained to your humility."
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2014 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do not tell me, "I would be a slanderer only if I lied. I am committing no slander if I tell the truth." This is a grievous error. Speaking evil of others, even if the evil be true, is always a crime… You want to correct your brother? Weep, pray to God, warn him by speaking to his heart, advise and exhort him. This is how St. Paul acted. But backbiting and slander is so sweet, you say. Yes but NOT backbiting is sweeter still. The slanderer created deadly anxiety for himself; he is constantly besieged by suspicion and fear. He repents, but too late; he bites his tongue, but in vain; he trembles, for as his words spread they may cause him great danger and expose those who repeat them to enmities which easily could have been avoided.

Are you here to praise someone and raise him in my esteem? Then gladly will I give ear and savour your conversation. But if you intend to speak ill of someone, let me stop now; I cannot stand filth and stench. What have I to gain by knowing that someone is evil? Would I not be losing something instead? Talk to him yourself, and let us mind only our business.

- St. John Chrysostom
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"What wretches we are," lamented one elder. "We are ashamed to commit some evil act before men, but we are not afraid or ashamed to act impiously and to sin before God, who knows all of the hidden things of our hearts."
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PostPosted: Sat May 03, 2014 1:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The man who cries out against evil men but does not pray for them will never know the grace of God.

– St. Silouan the Athonite
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PostPosted: Wed May 14, 2014 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

"The saints are like various trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but the same Spirit works in them."
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PostPosted: Thu May 15, 2014 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Abba Doulas, the disciple of Abba Bessarion said, "One day when we were walking beside the sea I was thirsty and I said to Abba Bessarion, "Father, I am very thirsty." He said a prayer and said to me, "Drink some of the sea water." The water proved sweet when I drank some. I even poured some into a leather bottle for fear of being thirsty later on. Seeing this, the old man asked me why I was taking some. I said to him, "Forgive me, it is for fear of being thirsty later on." Then the old man said, "God is here, God is everywhere." "
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 11:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Love humility and it will shield you from your sins.
-Abba Isaiah
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PostPosted: Thu May 29, 2014 10:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The proud man fears obloquy, while the humble man cares nothing. He who has acquired Christ-like humility will ever upbraid Himself, and it rejoices him to be abused, and grieves him to be acclaimed. But this humility is still only elementary - when the soul comes to know the Lord in the Holy Spirit, how humble and meek He is, she sees herself as the worst of all sinners, and is happy to sit in shabby raiment in the ashes like Job, while she beholds other men in the Holy Spirit shining in the likeness of Christ.

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PostPosted: Sat May 31, 2014 12:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

John 14:6
1Jesus said to him: “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JMC wrote:
Ketty wrote:
bnabernard wrote:
Yes we should take note of the dark times, like when he lost his rag with the traders in the temple area.


I don't think Righteous Anger is dark - it comes from everything holy.


I also don't think Jesus "lost his rag". Making a whip of chords is not something that is done on the spur of the moment. It was a deliberate and premeditated act.


Making a what?

Can't find that in any of the gospel that matters...

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