“…not without Divine Providence”

“How would we know ourselves if no one caused us sorrow, and how would we aquire patience, and how would we be humbled? All of this does not happen without Divine Providence, but by His most wise supervision, each person is presented situations which can disturb and shake him, for testing his will and patience, so that he can see his infirmity and be humbled, or so he can acquire the virtues of patience and love.” – St. Macarius of Optina


Author: frphoti

I am an Orthodox Priest trying hard to balance life and work. I paint Icons on commission as well.

One thought on ““…not without Divine Providence””

  1. I agree with the wisdom of this statement. Otherwise we go on believing in our own sense of “righteousness” and keep ourselves deluded.


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