Illumined Path: Do With Me As You Will

From the late Archimandrite John (Krestiankin): My dears, the world is governed by God’s Providence and not by us mortals. I will tell you from experience that the sooner we accept what God has given us, the easier it will be to bear God’s good yoke, His easy yoke. It becomes heavy from our inner […]

Illumined Path: The Soul That Is In Love With Christ

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

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

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

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, […]