note how Ezekiel condemns those who indulge the pleasures of others. In giving way to everyone’s wishes they are treasuring up future punishment for themselves.
Venerable Nilus the Faster of Sinai, Philokalia, Vol. 1 p.223
A passion which we allow to grow active within us through our own choice afterwards forces itself upon us against our will.
St Mark the Ascetic, Philokalia, Vol. 1 p.132
You have seen that in this life anyone, even our closest of kin, can abandon us. We all have our weaknesses and often hurt the people closest to us. They can turn their backs on us because of our rudeness, or they can forgive us but still be hurt. But the Lord and His Most Holy Mother … Oh, how many times have we insulted God and the Most Holy Theotokos, but when we repent and turn to them in our hearts, they forgive us everything, never remembering our sins and evil deeds!
Elder Thaddeus(Strabulovich) of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica p.165
Why do we forsake the pursuit of spiritual wisdom, and engage in agriculture and commerce? What can be better than to entrust our anxieties to God, so that He may help us with the farming?
Venerable Nilus the Faster of Sinai, Philokalia, Vol. 1 p.213
Now one cannot be a half-hearted Christian, but only ENTIRELY or not at all.
Fr Seraphim Rose
It goes without saying that good works are essential for success in the spiritual life, for they demonstrate the presence of good will in us, without which there is no moving forward; in turn, good works themselves strengthen, develop, and deepen this good will.
Archbishop Averky (Taushev), The Struggle for Virtue: Asceticism in a Modern Secular Society p.xi
How speedily God hears the prayer of two or three praying together with the whole heart!
Righteous John, Wonderworker of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ p.493