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Gregory Palamas: “If your attention is occupied with what is holy”   4 comments

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“If you put something fragrant on to burning coals, you motivate those who approach to come back again and to stay near, but if instead you put on something with an unpleasant, oppressive smell, you repel them and drive them away. It is the same with the mind. If your attention is occupied with what is holy, you make yourself worthy of being visited by God, since this is the sweet savour which God catches scent of. On the other hand, if you nurture evil, foul and earthly thoughts within you, you remove yourself from God’s supervision and unfortunately make yourself worthy of His aversion.”

–St. Gregory Palamas, The Homilies

Posted February 8, 2020 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Symeon the New Theologian: “guarding the heart”   Leave a comment

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“Our holy fathers hearkened to the Lord’s words, ‘Out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, unchastity, thefts, perjuries, blasphemies; these are the things that defile a man’ (Mt. 15:19-20); and they also hearkened to Him when He enjoins us to cleanse the inside of the cup so that the outside may also be clean (cf. Mt. 23:26). Hence they abandoned all other forms of spiritual labor and concentrated wholly on this one task of guarding the heart, convinced that through this practice they would also possess every other virtue, whereas without it no virtue could be firmly established. Some of the fathers have called this practice stillness of the heart, others attentiveness, others the guarding of the heart, others watchfulness and rebuttal, and others again the investigation of the thoughts and the guarding of the intellect. But all of them alike worked the earth of their own heart, and in this way they were fed on the divine manna (cf. Ex. 16:15).”

–St. Symeon the New Theologian

John of the Cross: “as if only God and your soul were in it”   Leave a comment

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“Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.”

–St. John of the Cross

Cyril of Jerusalem: “Our actions have a tongue of their own”   Leave a comment

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“Our actions have a tongue of their own; they have an eloquence of their own, even when the tongue is silent. For deeds prove the lover more than words.”

–St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Peter of Damaskos: “Then he will be a martyr”   Leave a comment

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“The person who cannot endure for Christ’s sake a physical death? should at least be willing to endure death spiritually. Then he will be a martyr in that he does not submit to the demons that assail him, or to their purposes, but conquers them, as did the holy martyrs and the holy fathers. The first were bodily martyrs, the latter spiritual martyrs. By forcing oneself slightly, one defeats the enemy; through slight negligence one is filled with darkness and destroyed.”

–Saint Peter of Damaskos

Messengers and Negotiators
The Gospel of Martyrdom vs the Gospel of Success

Posted March 23, 2019 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Augustine of Hippo: “The truth is like a lion”   1 comment

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“The truth is like a lion; you don’t have to defend it. Let it loose; it will defend itself.”

–Saint Augustine of Hippo

Posted March 9, 2019 by Tim Shey in Uncategorized

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Makarios of Egypt: “purification and sanctification of heart”   Leave a comment

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“What is the will of God that St. Paul urges and invites each of us to attain (cf. I Thes. 4:3)? It is total cleansing from sin, freedom from the shameful passions and the acquisition of the highest virtue. In other words, it is the purification and sanctification of the heart that comes about through fully experienced and conscious participation in the perfect and divine Spirit.”

–Saint Makarios of Egypt