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February 23

"It is through the virtue of humility that we attain spiritual gifts. Humility is the acknowledgement that God has saved us, forgiven us and desires that we should do the same. God does not force us to do so, we must be willing. If we are not willing to be humble, the world will humiliate us. The humble person cannot be humiliated, for humiliation is nothing but a blow to our pride. The one who has no pride escapes such suffering." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

February 22

"A man does not possess all the gifts, lest he think that grace is nature." -- St. Gregory Palamas

February 21

"Even when your body does nothing, sin can be active in your mind. When your soul inwardly repulses the evil one's attack by means of prayer, attention, remembrance of death, godly sorrow and mourning, the body, too, takes its share of holiness, having acquired freedom from evil actions. This is what the Lord meant by saying that someone who cleans the outside of the cup has not cleansed it inside, but clean the inside and the whole cup will be clean (Mt. 23:25-26)." -- St. Gregory Palamas

February 20

"Give thanks to the Lord, but do not forget His great men, - the poor and the needy, for they can accomplish much with God the Lord." -- Abbot Nazarius of the Valaam Monastery

February 19

"The Lord came to send fire upon the earth (cf. Lk. 12:49), and through participation in this fire He makes divine not just the human substance which He assumed for our sake, but every person who is found worthy of communion with Him." -– St. Gregory Palamas

February 18

"If God is love, charity should know no limit, for God cannot be confined. Any time is the right time for works of charity...A generous spirit is itself great wealth. There can be no shortage of material for generosity where it is Christ who feeds and Christ who is fed." -- St. Leo of Rome

February 17

“My son, always strive to be simple and kind. Do not have one thing in your heart and another thing on your tongue, for this is a ruse and a lie.” -- St. Nilus of Mount Sinai

February 16

Among the Twelve Holy Martyrs who suffered in 308 A.D. under the Emperor Diocletian were five Egyptian brothers according to the flesh and the spirit: Elias, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Samuel and Daniel. As they faced the beheading sword, they were asked where they were from. They responded: “From the Jerusalem on High.”

February 15

"There is only one way into the Kingdom of Heaven, and that is the very way that Jesus Christ went when He lived on earth." -- Bishop INNOCENT, Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian Islands

February 14

"No one will ever find true happiness and perfect prosperity without God or outside God." – Bishop INNOCENT, Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian Islands

February 13

"What can I say to those people who, in the Church, neither stand in silence, nor join in the singing, but instead meet one another and mix our reasonable worship of God with worldly chatter? They do not listen themselves to the divinely inspired words, and prevent others who want to listen from doing so. 'How long do you halt between two opinions?' as Elijah the Tishbite would say (I Kgs. 18:21). You want simultaneously to come together for prayer and for worldly, ill-timed words. Of course you succeed in neither purpose, because you destroy the one with the other, or rather, they destroy each other. How long before you stop talking idly in this place? You make this house of prayer into a place of business or impassioned speech (cf. Lk. 19:46). In this house the words of eternal life are both spoken and heard, on the one hand by us, as we beseech God for eternal life with unashamed hope, and on the other hand by God, as He gives eternal life to those who ask with their whole heart and mind. But He will not give it to those who do not even apply their whole tongue, as it were, to asking." -- St. Gregory Palamas

February 11

"Let your prayers be simple, for both the Publican and the Prodigal Son were reconciled to God by a single phrase." -- St. John Climacus

February 10

Enduring his tortures at the age of 113, the Hieromartyr Charalampus said to the emperor’s soldiers, “Thank you, my brethren, for in scraping my old body you renew my spirit for a new eternal life.”

February 9

"There is no one so stupid as he who cannot see his own sins and cannot see the virtues of others. There is no one so enlightened as he who can see and recognize his own sins and the virtues of others." -- St. Nicholai of Zica

February 8

"Humble people have no needless or petty quarrels with others, because they have no egocentric desires to always have their own way. They are not self-seeking; for they know that it is God’s will, not their own, that they should strive for. Therefore, humility naturally brings with it unity, both with God and with our fellows." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

February 7

"It is through the virtue of humility that we attain spiritual gifts. Humility is the acknowledgement that God has saved us, forgiven us and desires that we should do the same. God does not force us to do so, we must be willing. If we are not willing to be humble, the world will humiliate us. The humble person cannot be humiliated, for humiliation is nothing but a blow to our pride. The one who has no pride escapes such suffering." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

February 6

"A man does not possess all the gifts, lest he think that grace is nature." -– St. Gregory Palamas

February 5

"Even when your body does nothing, sin can be active in your mind. When your soul inwardly repulses the evil one's attack by means of prayer, attention, remembrance of death, godly sorrow and mourning, the body, too, takes its share of holiness, having acquired freedom from evil actions. This is what the Lord meant by saying that someone who cleans the outside of the cup has not cleansed it inside, but clean the inside and the whole cup will be clean (Mt. 23:25-26)." -- St. Gregory Palamas

February 12

"We must renew our commitment to personal prayer and liturgical participation, to keeping the fasts of the Church, to giving our time and financial resources to the ministries of the Church, and, most especially, to being healed through self-examination and Confession." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

February 4

"Humble people have no needless or petty quarrels with others, because they have no egocentric desires to always have their own way. They are not self-seeking; for they know that it is God’s will, not their own, that they should strive for. Therefore, humility naturally brings with it unity, both with God and with our fellows." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

February 3

"It is through the virtue of humility that we attain spiritual gifts. Humility is the acknowledgement that God has saved us, forgiven us and desires that we should do the same. God does not force us to do so, we must be willing. If we are not willing to be humble, the world will humiliate us. The humble person cannot be humiliated, for humiliation is nothing but a blow to our pride. The one who has no pride escapes such suffering." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

February 2

"A man does not possess all the gifts, lest he think that grace is nature." -- St. Gregory Palamas

February 1

"Even when your body does nothing, sin can be active in your mind. When your soul inwardly repulses the evil one's attack by means of prayer, attention, remembrance of death, godly sorrow and mourning, the body, too, takes its share of holiness, having acquired freedom from evil actions. This is what the Lord meant by saying that someone who cleans the outside of the cup has not cleansed it inside, but clean the inside and the whole cup will be clean (Mt. 23:25-26)." -- St. Gregory Palamas

January 31

"Do not establish your previously committed sins in your soul by thinking about them so that they not be repeated in you. Be assured that they were forgiven you from the time that you gave yourself to God and to repentance. In that, do not doubt." -– St. Anthony the Great

January 30

"On this glorious celebration of the Three Holy Hierarchs, let us pause and reflect upon our own ministry and take a spiritual inventory of our work as priests before the Lord. My understanding of the ordination and ministry of the priesthood, which also pertains to the episcopal office, is found in the ordination prayer itself: We ask the Lord to '...fill with the gift of Thy Holy Spirit this man whom it hath pleased Thee to advance to the degree of Priest; that he may be worthy to stand in innocency before Thine Altar; to proclaim the Gospel of Thy Kingdom; to minister the Word of Thy Truth; to offer unto Thee spiritual gifts and sacrifices; and to renew Thy people through the laver of regeneration.' Ordination does not concern merely the one ordained, but rather, the whole Church.  The essence of the priesthood is love.  The priest must, in the words of St. Paul, '...become all things to all men' (I Cor. 4:22). He must manifest the presence of Christ to everyone, reveal that the end and meaning of all things are in Christ, and help everyone find his own life in Christ." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

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