Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


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29. He who wants to cross the spiritual sea is long-suffering, humble, vigilant and self-controlled. If he impetuously embarks on it without these four virtues, he agitates his heart, but cannot cross.

30. Stillness helps us by making evil inoperative. If it also takes to itself these four virtues in prayer, it is the most direct support in attaining dispassion. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

35. Prayer is called a virtue, but in reality it is the mother of the virtues: for it gives birth to them through union with Christ. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

39. No single virtue by itself opens the door of our nature; but all the virtues must be linked together in the correct sequence. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

96. Prayer comprises the complete fulfillment of the commandments; for there is nothing higher than love for God. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

219. Fear of God and reproof induce remorse; hardship and vigils make us intimate with suffering. REF:Saint Kosmas Aitolos +1779

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