Teachings of Pious Paissios

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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Words and stories of elder Paisios (ΧV)

  • July 12, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (ΧV)

Some time ago there was a monk in Provata who left the robe and married in Thassos. After many years he bought himself a ship. He went with it to Vatoped and loaded it with wood. When he left and passed by Provata, where it had been his cell, the sea opened and swallowed the ship. Luckily he and his two children were saved. Then he felt heart broken, he understood the reason of the sinking and went to a priest from Esfigumenu Monastery to confess. The priest told him: Go and take care of what’s necessary for your children then we’ll see. He had four children, two being some little girls and was known...

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Words and stories of elder Paisios (ΧΙV)

  • July 11, 2017
Words and stories of elder Paisios (ΧΙV)

The naked hermits who live on Athon are the signal senders of the earth to God. * A certain monk said leaves his monastery for 20 days saying that he is going to Thessaloniki but he goes to an old oven, cuts two branches as a roof and stays there eating just dry bread and drinking water. * There was a monk at a monastery with self-ordination who showed much zeal in the spiritual life. His starets seeing his zeal for strife left him an hesychast cell for having greater freedom. But he didnțt use well this freedom and thinking that God did not answer to his trife, he got tired quickly and started...

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Love of a mother

  • July 7, 2017
Love of a mother

`Father you told us once that the man grows up and matures through love.` `It is not enough if someone loves another. He must love him more than he loves himself. A mother loves her children more than herself. She stays hungry to feed her children but feels a greater joy than them. The children are nurtured in body and their mother is nurtured spiritually. The children feel the taste of food while their mother gets spiritual joy. A young girl before getting married can sleep late in the morning even until ten and she may like to have her milk cup brought by her mother. She doesn’t have mood...

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The tips of the saints for practicing virtue

  • July 5, 2017
The tips of the saints for practicing virtue

`Abba what are the attributes of the saints? `Love with humility, simplicity with discernment, these are the attributes of the saints.If the man compels himself with discernment to follow saints’ way of living, he sanctifies himself. We will receive much aid in the work for acquiring virtues if we take the saints as models. By comparing ourselves with the saints we see our own passions, we rebuke ourselves, we humble ourselves and we strive with magnanimity and divine zeal to follow their example. We have no reason for not moving forward as long as we have the tips and the lives of the saints,...

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