Illumined Path: Guarding The Peace In Our Hearts

From “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica”:

Illumined PathQuestion: What is the most important thing in one’s spiritual life?

Answer: To guard the peace in our hearts. Do not let this peace be disturbed at any cost. Peace should reign in our hearts—peace and silence.

Chaotic thoughts are the state of fallen spirits (demons, spirits who have fallen away from God). Our mind, however, must remain concentrated, whole, and vigilant. God can only enter a mind that is whole. …

Besides guarding the peace in our hearts, practice standing before the Lord. This means being unceasingly aware that we are standing in the presence of the Lord and that He is watching us all the time. We must learn to awake with the Lord and go to sleep with Him, and eat, work, and walk with Him. The Lord is present everywhere and in all things.

Illumined Path, providing reflections on finding Christ in our everyday lives, is a ministry of St. Elia the Prophet Orthodox Christian Church in Akron, Ohio.