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the kindness of God renders everything useful for a good purpose.Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain

Elder Paisios of the Holy Mountain

H Mεταμόρφωση του Xριστού στον Άγιο Nικόλαο του Kασνίτζη στην Kαστοριά (1160-1180).Those who struggle and sense their sinfulness as well as God’s loving-kindness and who trust in His great mercy, elevate their souls to Paradise with great confidence and little physical effort, if they have good intentions.

People who struggle hard, with much devotion, and have reached the angelic state to a certain extent and are nurtured with celestial honey, nevertheless offer nothing significant to God compared with what He has offered us. For they eat honey while offering Him wax. They eat sweet fruits and offer God tree resin with the censer. Therefore, we do nothing and offer nothing to God, compared with His great loving-kindness. For, while the Good God produces beautiful fruit with our rubbish or even with manure, in order to feed us, we wretched people turn beautiful fruit into manure.

As the kindness of God renders everything useful for a good purpose, so too must we, His creatures, make good use of everything in order to be benefited and benefit others.

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Lord, have mercy (Thrice)

   Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto ages of ages.  Amen. 

Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the  evil one.

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