Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers

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The Lord did not require ten talents from him who had received only two; and as He distributed them according to the strength of each, so He also collected them according to the strength of their upbringing. And we, as merciless torturers of each other, often ask from our fellow creatures that which we cannot even fulfill ourselves, and certainly would not have fulfilled if we had been in their place. And so, seek any correction first of all in yourself; and when with the help of God's blessing you attain this in proportion to your strength, then surely you will see your fellow creatures...as favorable, good and kind: "First cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye (Matt. 7:5)." Abbess Thaisia, Letters to a Beginner







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