Entries by p. Paisie

THE IDLE MAN ALWAYS FIND EXCUSES

The idle man finds excuses and says: `Outside is a lion, I could be killed in the road.` (Solomon`s Proverbs 22 : 13). To justify his idleness, the idle man always complains about the difficulties and obstacles he meets in accomplishing his tasks, exaggerating their gravity. If his neighbor upsets him, he will say that […]

THE FAST OF THE HOLY APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL

The Orthodox Church celebrates on 29th of June the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, the two pillars of our Church. Unlike the other periods of fasting, which have a fixed length, the fast dedicated to the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul have a variable length from year to year, depending on the variable date of […]

Fasting is the doctor of our souls

The man with fear of God doesn’t disregard the law of fasting. I am going to talk to you about this issue, because the cunning devil, who hates all good goes to each Christian and tying him in an invisible way with idleness and languor makes him disregard the holy fasting that brings so many […]

Pray and do not fear a thing

For pleasing God you don’t have to do anything else but love – `love and do whatever you want` says blessed Augustine – cause who loves for real cannot and does not want to do anything that may not please the beloved one…but since the prayer is nothing else than the overflow and work of […]

THOSE WHO DIE BRAVELY DON`T DIE

I remember that in the army all the soldiers had a single purpose. I was struggling but there was sacrifice made by others us well, and it did not matter if they believed or not in the afterlife. Why to die the other one? He is a family man, they said and they went in […]

THE ARTFUL WAY OF BRINGING IN THE SEALING

Gradually, after ration book and identity card, meaning after `registering`, they`ll proceed very cunningly to sealing. They will force the men by various cunning means to receive the sealing on their forehead or on their hand. They will push things in such a manner and they`ll say: `You`ll use only cards from now on, money […]

The reward of goodness

A man walking on a street saw in front of a church a poor old beggar who lived from the Christians ‘alms. A little girl approached the old man and gave him a few coins. Impressed by her deed, the passerby asked the girl: `Tell me, why did you give your money to the old […]

PRAYER FOR STRENGTH IN TRIALS AND PATIENCE IN TROUBLES

Bishop Macarie Drăgoi Righteous of the Old Testament you became for us bright models by your spiritual beauty and strength in the trials you passed through. You, virtuous Joseph by slavery in flesh after being sold by your brothers guarded your soul free of the vain pleasures and for the acknowledgement of your faithfulness, virtuousness […]

WHEN I CAME BACK HOME

I didn`t even know that I have left. I thought, very subtly and insistently I got the idea that the whole world is my home. But what a naïve error, of detail! This thought about being a citizen of the whole world keeps you in what is downward, in what is earthly. And I was […]