Ordinarily, people are called wise through the incorrect application of the word. Not
those that have studied the utterances and writings of ancient sages are wise, but those that can differentiate between good and evil: they avoid everything that is harmful to the soul and with deep gratitude to God, judiciously cherish everything that is good and beneficial. In all truthfulness, they are the only ones that should be called wise.
St. Anthony the Great
Put. The. Phones. Down.
There is a world out there that is beautiful and fulfilling. Go live in it, regardless of “likes” or “retweets”. Talk to people. Read a book. Help the unfortunate. Spend time with family. Spend time with the former generation who will soon no longer grace us with their presence. Be a healing presence. Get away from the screens!
I quote from the article ““It is a very sad indictment on her relative age group in society to seem to get self worth relative to posts on Instagram…It is sad they seek to attain such a vacuous existence where how many likes they receive are their currency. She was seduced by lifestyle and the opportunity to post glamorous Instagram photos from around the world…This highlights the negative influence of social media on young women.”
The Influence isn’t just on young women, it’s on every person who locks their lives into social media and the internet. Certainly, there are good things to be found on both -BUT THIS IS NOT HOW TO TRULY LIVE. Christ is Risen and has put Death to death! He did not do this for us to waste our lives vegetating in front of screens! God help us!
The man who asks God for less than he deserves will certainly receive more, as is shown by the publican who begged forgiveness but obtained salvation (cf. Luke 18:10-14). And the robber asked only to be remembered in the kingdom, yet he inherited all of Paradise (cf. Luke 23:43).
St. John Klimakos -The Ladder of Divine Ascent “On Humility”
Evil obtains its strength from one another in the same way good increases (strengthens)
one from the other. St. Mark the Ascetic
Simply put: evil begets evil, and virtue begets virtue.
The more moderate life a person leads, the calmer he becomes, because he does not fret
about many things — about servants and accumulation of material things. If we do get attached to these (earthly things), as a consequence, we expose ourselves to tribulations that lead us to grumbling against God. In this way, the desire for these many things fills us with confusion and we wander in the darkness of a sinful life, not even knowing ourselves. St. Anthony the Great
To suffer for Christ’s sake is patiently to endure whatever happens to us. For the envy which the innocent provoke is for their benefit, while the Lord’s schooling tests us so as to bring about our conversion, since it opens our ears when we are guilty. That is why the Lord has promised an eternal crown to those who endure in this manner (cf. Jas. 1:12). Glory to Thee, our God; glory to Thee, Holy Trinity; glory to Thee for all things.
St. Gregory of Sinai, Philokalia
Once, Abba Isaiah saw someone committing a grave sin. The “starets” did not accuse
him but said to himself: “If God, Who created him, sees this and is merciful toward him, then who am I to accuse him?”