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“God is love, and therefore the preaching of His word must always proceed from love”

I remember a conversation [Staretz Silouan] had with a certain Archimandrite who was engaged in missionary work. This Archimandrite thought highly of the Staretz and many a time went to see him during his visits to the Holy Mountain. The … Continue reading

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“Genuine conversion, however, means ceasing to sin without any backward glances”

The doors are open for all who sincerely and wholeheartedly return to God; indeed, the Father is most willing to welcome back a truly repentant son or daughter. The result of true repentance, however, is that you do not fall … Continue reading

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“Some of the Fathers terrify us beyond our strength and throw us into despair. Others of them encourage us and bid us rely upon Divine mercy”

Some of the Fathers terrify us beyond our strength and throw us into despair; and their opinion is well adapted to the simple-minded and trangressors of the law. Others of them encourage us and bid us rely upon Divine mercy; … Continue reading

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“All are debtors and have others in debt to them”

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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“It is the Church’s pride, it is the Savior’s command, not to be concerned only about our own welfare, but about our neighbor’s also”

The Apostle says: “Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” You will be doing everything for the glory of God if, when you leave this place, you make yourselves responsible … Continue reading

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“Why be surprised if people who set their hearts on Christ and want to follow him renounce themselves out of love?”

“If anyone wishes to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and come after me.” Our Lord’s command seems hard and heavy, that anyone who wants to follow him must renounce himself. But … Continue reading

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“Peter, the teacher of the world, was permitted to sin, so that having been forgiven himself he would be merciful to others”

Peter was to be entrusted with the keys of the Church, or rather, he was entrusted with the keys of heaven; to him would be committed the whole people of God. The Lord told him: “Whatever you bind on earth … 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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