“…The wellspring of prayer is in everyone—it is tapped either by gradually delving deeper into oneself in accordance with the teachings of the Fathers, or instantaneously, thunderstruck by God’s piercing to the core of the soul.”—Elder Leonid
“When we find that we are deprived of the virtues and therefore have no high opinion of ourselves, then this by itself can attract God’s favorable gaze, which will strengthen us with hope against the deadly spirit of despair. When we have had no success in the virtues, there is no closer means for salvation than humbleness of mind.”—Elder Leonid
“A person cannot overcome the passions on his own. This is the work of the right hand of the Most High, the action of the power of God. On our part we have only to preserve intact the holy disposition given us by God, and, in keeping with it, offer our efforts to attain the land of passionlessness.”—Elder Leonid
The spiritual harvest requires a heart that is harrowed by repentance, softened by compunction, and irrigated by tears. The field is a place of cultivation and of battle. In...
Elder Paisius (Olaru) of Sihla was one of the most beloved spiritual fathers of Romania in recent times. Living in Sihăstria Monastery — where his spiritual son, Elder Cleopa, had recently become...
This book brings the reader together with holy physicians of the soul from the Orthodox patristic tradition, offering superbly clear examples of their method for diagnosing and healing many disorders...