Sunday, September 18

Elder Philotheos of Para...

From the Councils of Elder Philotheos of Para

True happiness is not the honors and pleasures of the body. True happiness is virtue. As many as fight to acquire virtue, to put into practice the commandments of God, these are truly happy.


When the enemy tempts you with thoughts of faithlessness, with all your heart say, “I believe completely whatever the Church believes, whatever Christ says in the Holy Gospels, whatever the Holy Apostles and Holy Fathers said. I don’t, however, believe you, devil, for you are a liar and a thief.


If a man builds a house and leaves it without a roof, this house can’t be used at all. In the same way, if a man acquires all the virtues but not love, the house remains roof-less and is of no benefit at all.

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