Category Archives: Citations

“I do not know whether we can even sleep without falling into debt”

The Lord puts the parable of the unforgiving debtor before us that we may learn from it. He has no desire for us to die, so he warns us: This is how your heavenly Father will deal with you if … Continue reading

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“Why do we usurp God’s right to judge?”

You know how great a wrong it is to judge your neighbor. What is graver than this? What does God hate and turn away from so much as from this? Nevertheless, from things that appear negligible a man comes to … Continue reading

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“Don’t be like a pumpkin that immediately goes rotten if a gnat comes up to it and punctures it”

Some time ago while I was a disciple of Abba Seridos, the minister of old Abba John, a disciple of Abba Barsanufius, fell sick and my abba ordered me to serve the old man. I used to reverence the door … Continue reading

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“He gave me glory, and I gave him glory today, and will glorify him in the inaccessible light”

“And they were afraid,” the Evangelist says, “on entering into the cloud. And a voice came from the cloud, saying, ‘This is my Son, the Beloved, in whom I am well pleased.’” For then the Lord Jesus, who is uncircumscribed, … Continue reading

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“The work of fulfilling the Commandments generates a state of humility and the process cannot be explained in words”

There are certain kinds of trees which never bear any fruit as long as their branches stay up straight, but if stones are hung on the branches to bend them down they begin to bear fruit. So it is with … Continue reading

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“His hands were as earth beneath the bread and his voice was as thunder above it”

Our Lord in a desert place changed a few loaves into many, and at Cana turned water into wine. Thus before the time came to give men and women his own body and blood to feed on, he accustomed their … Continue reading

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“For through certain small and worthless things our inordinate desires bind us again to the world without our realizing it”

Our Fathers, as I have said, having crucified the world to themselves, were earnest in the fight to crucify themselves to the world. We thought to crucify the world to ourselves when we left it and entered the monastery, but … Continue reading

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