make a rule

make a rule

+ Make yourself a rule always to be with the Lord, keeping your mind in your heart, and do not let your thoughts wander; as often as they stray, turn them back again and keep them at home in the closet of your heart, and delight in converse with the Lord. + Saint Theophan the...

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rainbow of the soul

rainbow of the soul

“Just as the earth in the Spring is washed by the rain, warmed by the sun, and becomes warmed by greenery and flowers, so you beloved, wash your soul with tears of repentance, and warm it with the rays of God’s grace and feelings and intentions, which will indeed bring forth in you the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, long-suffering, meekness and faith (Gal. 5:22-23).” Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk from the book...

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stretch forth

stretch forth

“Turning to God means I stretch forth to Him with perseverance.  Why?  Because I’m down here on  earth and He’s in heaven above.  Can I reach Him?  No, I can not ascend.  He must descend in order to find me.” Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra Way of the Spirit (p. 74) + The quote above recalls the image of the icon of the Resurrection.  Repentance – turning to God – is a gift God offers us.  We, each of us,...

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Christ is Risen

Christ is Risen

  Today Orthodox Christians take leave of the time of Pascha, the most beautiful time of year.  The leave taking of Pascha is part of our migration from Pascha, to the Ascension to Pentecost.  All through this season between Pascha to the Ascension we have greeted all in our company with Christ is Risen, often before even saying hello! Tomorrow we will celebrate the the Feast of the Ascension, but in keeping with the abundant fullness of...

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God bends toward the soul

God bends toward the soul

And just as the soul goes beyond its proper limits in order to encounter God, so too does God bend down toward the soul, abandoning its proper limits in order to give Himself to me, to surrender Himself to me. Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra the way of the spirit (p....

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