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Sayings and Examples of St Arsenios the Cappadocian

“When someone has an illness, only then does he have the ability to truly empathise with the pain of another. And when you look briefly at your brother’s pain, then you will be greatly alleviated of your own pain. God bestows afflictions/illnesses so as to either purify us or to strengthen us. Illnesses are not permanent but pass and can ... Read More »


By St. John Maximovitch On Theophany, the Day of the Lord’s Baptism, every year a great miracle is performed. The Holy Spirit, coming down upon the water, changes its natural properties. It becomes incorrupt, not spoiling, remaining transparent and fresh for many years. This Holy Water receives the grace to heal illnesses, to drive away demons and every evil power, ... Read More »


By Monk Moses the Athonite *1. When he would Liturgize he would become another man. Those attending church would hear various sounds from the Holy Altar from his heavenly visitors. They would kneel and chant “Lord have mercy”. *2. One day the Saint said to his chanter: “I had so many saints today that I didn’t have enough room to ... Read More »

St John Cassian “On Anger” – From: On the Eight Vices

In our struggle against the demon of anger, we must, with God’s help, eradicate his deadly poison from the depths of our souls. So long as he dwells in our hearts and blinds the eyes of our heart with his sombre disorders, we can neither discern what is for our good, nor achieve spiritual knowledge, nor fulfil our good intentions, ... Read More »

St. Benedict of Nursia: The Twelve Steps To Humility

Brothers, divine Scripture calls to us saying: “Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted” (Luke 14:11; 18:14). In saying this, therefore, it shows us that every exaltation is a kind of pride, which the Prophet indicates he has shunned, saying, “Lord, my heart is not exalted; my eyes are not lifted up and I ... Read More »