Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers

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It may happen that there is much wickedness in your soul. But let it be known to God alone, Who knows everything that is secret and concealed, and do not show all your uncleanness to others; do not corrupt them by the breath of the wickedness concealed within you. Tell God your grief, that your soul is full of wickedness, and that your life is near to hell, but to other people show a bright and pleasant countenance. What have they to do with your madness? Or declare your soul's sickness to your confessor or to a true friend, so that they may teach you, guide you, and restrain you." St. John of Kronstadt (My Life in Christ, Part 1; Holy Trinity Monastery pg. 48)



13. " The insatialility of the soul in acquiring virtue turns to its use a part of the visible (sensory) desires of the body with which it is joined. Each thing is made good by measure. Without measure even things deemed excellent become harmful." St. Isaac Of Syria - Directions On Spiritual Training - Sixth/Seventh Centuries "EARLY FATHERS from the PHILOKALIA" Translated from the Dobrotolubiye by E. Kadloubovsky and G. E. H. Palmer. Published by Faber & Faber, London & Boston.





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