Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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A man cannot acquire hope in God unless he first does His will with exactness. For hope in God and manliness of heart are born of the testimony of the conscience, and by the truthful testimony of the mind we possess confidence in God. The testimony of the mind consists in the fact that a man's conscience does not accuse him of negligence in anything within his power that it is his duty to do. The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian.

Man's patience gives birth to hope; good hope will glorify him. "Instructions to Cenobites and Others", Abba Evagrius, "Early Fathers From the Philokalia," translated from the Russian text, "Dobrotolubiye," by E. Kadloubovsky and G.E.H. Palmer, eighth edition, (London: Faber and Faber, Ltd., 1981), pp. 115 - 116.

114. Ample room in the heart denotes hope in God; congestion denotes bodily care. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

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