Destruction of the Eight Passions… Gluttony ~ self-control; Lust/unchastity ~ the desire for God and longing for the blessings held in store; Greed/avarice ~ compassion for the poor; Anger ~ goodwill and love for all men; Depression/worldly dejection spiritual joy; Sloth/listlessness ~ patience, perseverance, and offering thanks to God; Egoism/Self-esteem ~ doing good in secret and by praying with a contrite heart; Pride ~ by not judging or despising anyone… and by considering oneself the least of all men
Let them push you, but do not push; Let them crucify you, but do not crucify. Let them insult, but do not insult. Let them slander, but do not slander. Be meek, and do not be zealous in evil.
The Woman Sinned, and so did Adam. The serpent deceived them both; and one was not found to be the stronger and the other the weaker. But dost thou consider the better? Christ saves both by His Passion. Was He made flesh for the Man? So He was also for the woman. Did He die for the Man? The Woman also is saved by His death. He is called of the seed of David; and so perhaps you think the Man is honored; but He is born of a Virgin, and this is on the Woman’s side.
St. Gregory the Theologian, Oration 37.7
Patristic Commentary on St Paul’s Epistle to the Romans 1:3, note 5.
My brother, wear humility at all times; because it clothes your soul with Christ who gives it.
"Prayer is a refuge for those who are shaken, an anchor for those tossed by waves, a walking stick for the infirm, a treasure house for the poor, a stronghold for the rich, a destroyer of sicknesses, a preserver of health. He who can sincerely pray is richer than everyone else, even though he is the poorest of all. On the contrary, he who does not have recourse to prayer, even though he sit on a king’s throne, is the poorest of all…."
~St. John Chrysostom
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Today we celebrate the Nativity (Birth) of our Most Glorious and Ever-Virgin Lady, the Theotokos. May she intercede for us to her Heavenly Son and God +