Change nothing; be content with tradition!
St. Cyprian (via varangoi)

(Source: christoph-liebe)

If you are truly merciful, then when what is yours is unjustly taken, don’t be sad inside, and do not tell of your loss to your neighbor. Let a better loss, inflicted by those who insult you, be absorbed by your mercy
St. Isaac the Syrian (via stkatherine)

I’ve been thinking about this very subject in the last week or so. Three days after my +Dad reposed, I was sitting in my parents dining room eating lasagna and meatballs. I smelled incense for maybe a total of three seconds. My mother and husband were there with me and smelled nothing. It was the same scent that his Priest uses for liturgy and Holy Services. I haven’t smelled it since. I am the sole surviving Orthodox member of my family. Is it just the grief talking here or could this have been the Scent of Holiness so many others claim to experience? I came across this thread and would like to know what others think.. http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8148.0

I’ve been thinking about this very subject in the last week or so. Three days after my +Dad reposed, I was sitting in my parents dining room eating lasagna and meatballs. I smelled incense for maybe a total of three seconds. My mother and husband were there with me and smelled nothing. It was the same scent that his Priest uses for liturgy and Holy Services. I haven’t smelled it since. I am the sole surviving Orthodox member of my family. Is it just the grief talking here or could this have been the Scent of Holiness so many others claim to experience? I came across this thread and would like to know what others think.. http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php?topic=8148.0

Peter: How is it then to be understood, which is written of the Apostle Peter, when he was led by the Angel out of the prison? Who returning to himself said:” Now I know assuredly that the Lord hath sent his Angel, and hath delivered me out of the hands of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” Gregory: Two ways, Peter, we are carried out of selves: for either by sinfulness of thought we fall beneath ourselves, or by the grace of contemplation we are raised above ourselves.
The life of Saint Benedict
By Saint Gregory the Great (via heroinscarlet)