Elder Thaddaeus of Vitovnica (1914-2003)
When you find a soul akin to your own …stay with it, for it is a great joy to make friends with those who think alike.
“HE who has the Kingdom of God within himself will imperceptibly pass it on to others. People will be attracted to the peace and warmth in us; they will want to hear us, and the atmosphere of heaven will gradually pass on to them.”
You must strive to have peace in your homes. Peace starts with each one of us. When we have peace in us, we spread it around to others. You can see for yourself that there are very few humble and meek souls on the earth—but also that they are truly blessed. They will not be offended if you insult them in any way. Whatever way you treat them, they are quiet and peaceful and they are truly sorrowed because you are in such spiritual torment.
As St. Seraphim of Sarov says, in order for us to have inner peace and save our souls, we must often look deep into ourselves and ask, “Where am I?” While doing so we must be careful to guard our senses, especially our eyes, so that they may be to our spiritual benefit. Gifts of Grace are given only to those who work for them by constantly guarding their souls.
Here on earth we are given the chance to conquer all evil with peace and stillness.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God:
We beseech and implore Thee,
Cast us not away from Thy presence,
and being not wroth with all of our ungodliness
Appear unto us, O Light o the world,
to reveal unto us the mystery of the ways of Thy salvation,
that we may become sons and daughters of Thy Light.
by Archimandrite Sophrony(Sakharov)