Today on Lazarus Saturday half of my family was received into the Holy Church. Glory to God who has such grace and mercy with his creation!

  06:12 pm, by chasehill 2
orthodoxyandanimals:

"Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have pereeived it you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding universal love. Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and untroubled joy. Do not therefore, trouble it, do not torture them, do not deprive them of their joy, do not go against God’s intent. "  - The Elder Zosima from Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov

orthodoxyandanimals:

"Love all God’s creation, the whole of it and every grain of sand. Love every leaf, every ray of God’s light! Love the animals, love the plants, love everything. If you love everything you will perceive the divine mystery in things. And once you have pereeived it you will begin to comprehend it ceaselessly, more and more every day. And you will at last come to love the whole world with an abiding universal love. Love the animals: God has given them the rudiments of thought and untroubled joy. Do not therefore, trouble it, do not torture them, do not deprive them of their joy, do not go against God’s intent. "  - The Elder Zosima from Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov

09:00 pm, reblogged  by chasehill 103

orthodoxyandanimals:

“If you become rich, consider whether or not you could worthily bear poverty. If you are happy, imagine how you could worthily meet unhappiness. When people praise you, think how you might worthily bear insult.  And, all your life, think how you might worthily meet death.” – St. Nikolai Velimirovich

  08:54 pm, reblogged  by chasehill 43

orthodoxyandanimals:

"A certain philosopher questioned the holy Antony.  ‘How,’ said he, ‘dost thou content thyself, Father, who art denied the comfort of books?’  He answered, ‘My book, philosopher, is the nature of created things, and as often as I have a mind to read the words of God, it is at my hand.’" - Sayings of the Desert Fathers

  02:41 pm, reblogged  by chasehill 32

Cabin Journal 10 - Signs of Springtime

  05:12 pm, by chasehill 3

The Lenten Prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian

simplyorthodox:

O Lord and Master of my life, take from me the spirit of sloth, faintheartedness, lust of power and idle talk. But give rather the spirit of chastity, humility, patience and love to Thy servant. Yea, O Lord and King, grant me to see my own errors and not to judge my brother, for Thou art blessed from all ages to all ages. Amen.

12:20 am, reblogged  by chasehill 133

orthodoxwayoflife:

A man kneels before an Orthodox priest in an area separating police and anti-government protesters near Dynamo Stadium on Jan. 25, 2014, in Kiev. (Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Let’s all pray for our Orthodox brothers and sisters in Ukraine!

  12:30 pm, reblogged  by chasehill 87

orthodoxyandanimals:

“… how many of us become irritated and lose their temper when they are deprived, not of their last coin, but only of some small part of by no means their last property! How much agitation, anger, bile, bitter reproaches, murmuring, sometimes even curses! Righteous God! Can this dross called money, or this food and drink produce such storms in our Christian souls, in us who know the words of our sweetest Savior? ‘Take no thought for your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; nor yet for your body what you shall put on. Behold the birds of the air, they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you’ (Mt. 6:25, 26, 33). Or: ‘A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things which he possesses’ (Lk. 12:15).” - St John of Kronstadt

  01:42 pm, reblogged  by chasehill 15
"Once on Mount Athos there was a monk who lived in Karyes. He drank and got drunk every day and was the cause of scandal to the pilgrims. Eventually he died and this relieved some of the faithful who went on to tell Elder Paisios that they were delighted that this huge problem was finally solved.

Father Paisios answered them that he knew about the death of the monk, after seeing the entire battalion of angels who came to collect his soul. The pilgrims were amazed and some protested and tried to explain to the Elder of whom they were talking about, thinking that the Elder did not understand.

Elder Paisios explained to them: “This particular monk was born in Asia Minor, shortly before the destruction by the Turks when they gathered all the boys. So as not to take him from their parents, they would take him with them to the reaping, and so he wouldn’t cry, they just put raki into his milk in order for him to sleep. Therefore he grew up as an alcoholic. There he found an elder and said to him that he was an alcoholic. The elder told him to do prostrations and prayers every night and beg the Panagia to help him to reduce by one the glasses he drank.

After a year he managed with struggle and repentance to make the 20 glasses he drank into 19 glasses. The struggle continued over the years and he reached 2-3 glasses, with which he would still get drunk.”

The world for years saw an alcoholic monk who scandalized the pilgrims, but God saw a fighter who fought a long struggle to reduce his passion.

Without knowing what each one is trying to do what he wants to do, what right do we have to judge his effort?”

02:24 pm, by chasehill 17