Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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Have you realized that the world and worldly cares do not hinder in fulfilling God's commandments, when there is zeal and attention? That silence and retirement from the world are useless, if laziness and negligence prevail?" St. Simeon the New Theologian (On Faith, Writings from the Philokalia on Prayer of the Heart ; Faber and Faber pg. 147):

Like the animals who labor and sweat in a mill with their eyes blindfolded, we go about the mill of life always going through the same motions and always coming back to the same place again. I mean that round of hunger, satiety , going to bed, getting up, emptying ourselves and filling ourselves. One thing constantly follows the other, and we never stop going round in circles until we get out of the mill." St. Gregory of Nyssa.

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