Teachings of Pious Paissios

Where is Christ there is true joy

  • September 21, 2017
Where is Christ there is true joy

`Abba, sometimes I cannot feel any joy and then I think that maybe the joy is not for me.` `What are you saying ? The joy is not for you ? Then for whom is it? For the devil? Have you lost your mind?` `The joy is made for the man. God didn’t give sadness, only joy.` `Then why don’t I have any joy inside?` `How to feel a divine joy when your mind is not at God? You forget Christ and your mind is always thinking about your affairs and chores and about devices and in this way your spiritual machinery stops. So start saying `the Jesus prayer` and chants slowly and thus you’ll start...

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The Armenian Christian

  • September 18, 2017
The Armenian Christian

One night they brought us a new convict. They gave him the upper bunk bed from the opposite side. Before going to sleep I saw him curled up in a corner and I refalized that he was praying because he was making the sign of the Cross. I thought about him all night. I supposed he was Greek but I waited for the morning to ask him. In the morning after everybody woke up the forger started to question him. He wasn’t Greek and he spoke Russian like him both being strangers in that country. I didn’t understand anything because I didn’t know their language. When it came the time for walk the new convinct...

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In the truck

  • September 12, 2017
In the truck

According to my calculations two months had passed. On the following day I don’t know why I was taken to the medical office. There they took my blood pressure then they threw at my feet all my belongings, they gave me my coat and took me to a truck handcuffed. In a cage! They didn’t say anything, only asked me to sign some papers written in their language. Because of my fear I was always forced to sign. The truck started the ride to the unknown. I burst into tears. I don’t remember to have ever cried that much in my life. I was nit crying for myself, I didn’t counted myself, I cried for my family,...

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The first steps in the search of God

  • August 13, 2017
The first steps in the search of God

I was saying to myself that these people who were forbidden to believe in God believed and I in whose country God was glorified everywhere didn’t believe! How much my wife – who was an Anglican at that time -  asked me to take our children to the Orthodox church but I always tried even on Great Saturday before the bright and glorious night of Resurrection to find an excuse for not going! Or even if I went I stood outside, not in the church. However, one year before my arresting I had visited Stavrovunion Monastery where I confessed my sins at the urge of my family. I wanted to help my sister...

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The worldly joys are material joys

  • August 2, 2017
The worldly joys are material joys

`Father, the secular people say they feel an emptiness in their soul, even if they have all the goodies in the world.` `The true, pure joy can be found only near Christ`. `If you unite yourself with Him through prayer, you will see your soul is rewarded`. The secular people seek joy in entertainments`. `The spiritual people seek it in theological discussions, in preaches, etc`. `But when all these are over they find themselves in an emptiness and wonder what they will do further on.` `If their activities are sinful or neutral, it’s just the same`. `Why don’t they better go to sleep, so that...

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Give primacy to the beauty of soul

  • July 30, 2017
Give primacy to the beauty of soul

The soul that marvels at the beauties of the material world shows that inside it lives the vain world; that’s why it is attracted by the creature and not by the Creator, by earth and not by God. It doesn’t matter if this earth is clean or has the mud of sin. When the heart is attracted by the worldly beauties - even if they are not sinful, they don’t stop being vain - it feels the worldly joy of that moment, without having the divine comfort, the inner wings given by the spiritual joy. But when the man loves the spiritual beauty, then his soul is filled and beautified. If the man and especially...

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The worldly spirit in monachism

  • July 28, 2017
The worldly spirit in monachism

`Father, many people tell us: Here you’re living like in heaven.` `Pray not to lose the other heaven. I would have preferred to see the laymen impressed by your spiritual progress, without being aware of that yourself and without making a purpose from it – this being reached by itself, naturally, inwardly. Try not to lose yourself in useless things so that you won’t lose Christ. Try as much as you can to gain monastic consciousness. Live spiritually as true nuns and do not forget Christ so that He may remember you as well. My purpose is not to upset you but to help you, tu support you, try to discern...

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Worldly desires

  • July 24, 2017
Worldly desires

Double unhappiness awaits all those who don’t refrain their hearts from material desires which are not absolutely necessary – nor does it fit anything relating to the sexual desires – and who don’t gather their mind in their heart to offer them both to God.` `Father is it always bad to have desires?` `No, the desire of the heart is not bad in itself. Only when the things, even if they are not sinful – take pieces from my heart weakening my love for Christ. This desire is bad because the enemy cuts my love from Christ. When I want a precious thing, a book for example, and this takes...

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Words and stories of elder Paisios (ΧVI)

  • July 14, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (ΧVI)

A laymen told me : `You the monks don’t make children nor do anything else.` `You blessed man how many children can you make?` Ten, let’s say twenty. Or thirty. While the monk can make by his prayer 500 or even 5000. He prays for your children and for all the couples who can’t have children, as saint Arsenions used to do.` *  Most of the people are attracted by the worldly things and they don’t feel God’s love anymore. * There must be acknowledgement. The acknowledgement replaces much asceticism. One who cannot practice asceticism admits that and says: `I am indebted.` Forgive...

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What virtues needs the man to be overshadowed by the grace of God?

  • July 13, 2017
What virtues needs the man to be overshadowed by the grace of God?

`Humility alone is enough. Many times some people ask me: How much time needs someone to gain the divine grace? Some people might live all their life in a spiritual way apparently, practicing ascesis etc but because they think they are something they don’t receive the divine grace. And others receive the grace in a short time because they humble themselves. If the man humbles himself it is possible to be inundated by the divine grace in a moment and become an angel and find himself in heaven. But if he prides himself he may become a devil in a moment and go to hell. Meaning that if the man wants...

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