A Proud Christian…

A proud Christian needs no demon. He has turned into one, an enemy to himself.
Darkness is alien to light. Pride is alien to every virtue. St. John Klimakos -The Ladder of Divine Ascent “On Pride”

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An Excellent Faster…

An excellent faster is he who restrains himself from every impurity, who imposes abstinence on his tongue and restrains it from idle talk, foul language, slander, condemnation, flattery and all manner of evil­ speaking, who abstains from anger, rage, malice and vengeance and withdraws from every evil. ­ Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk

If Thou, O man…

If Thou, O man, dost not forgive everyone who has sinned against thee, then do not trouble thyself with fasting. If thou dost not forgive the debt of thy brother, with whom thou art angry for some reason, then thou dost fast in vain ­ God will not accept thee. Fasting will not help thee, until thou wilt become accomplished in love and in the hope of faith. Whoever fasts and becomes angry, and harbors enmity in his heart, such a one hates God and salvation is far from him. ­ St. Ephraim the Syrian