Illumined Path: The Soul That Is In Love With Christ

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From St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyva, from the book “With Elder Porphyrios: A Spiritual Child Remembers”: The soul that is in love with Christ is always fortunate and joyful, whatever happens to her, however much hard work and sacrifice this Divine “Eros” (love) takes. Indeed, the harder the soul works and the more sacrifices she makes […]

Illumined Path: Either One Or The Other

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From “Letters To Spiritual Children” by Abbot Nikon: It is impossible to love God if one has bad feelings towards even a single individual. Understandably so. Love and hostility cannot exist in the same soul: either one or the other. If there is love for one’s neighbor, it will generate love for God. Illumined Path, […]

Illumined Path: I Thank Him For The Stars

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From G.K. Chesterton: As a child I was faced with a phenomenon requiring explanation. I hung up at the end of my bed an empty stocking, which in the morning became a full stocking. I had done nothing to produce the things that filled it. I… had not worked for them, or made them or […]

Illumined Path: The Infant Who Was Our God Before All Time

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From “Confession and Thanksgiving to Christ” by St. Tikhon of Zadonsk: Son of God! Blessed are the swaddling clothes in which You were wrapped! Blessed, the crib in which You were laid! Blessed are the arms which sheltered the Infant Who was our God before all time! Blessed are the robes which clothed God Incarnate, […]

Illumined Path: Pray This Way With All Your Heart

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From “How to Live a Holy Life,” by Metropolitan Gregory of St. Petersburg (1784-1860): The prayer that is most pleasing to the Lord God and most salvific for us is without a doubt the prayer that the Lord Himself taught us, that is, Our Father, Who art in the heavens, and so on. Our Father. […]