Elder Ieronymos of Aegina, the Cappadocian
If there is no spiritual man to talk with, then do not grieve so much. Stay at home, and the Lord, Who loves all, shall send you His comfort and guidance. God knows about your solitude and shall not leave you.
Let is entrust our life to God, and may it be done as He wishes. Whatever the outcome may be for us, that’s the one that is for our good. For God does not want the perdition of man, but his salvation. There is no need for despair, rather we should have courage and hope in God. Despair is disbelief. He who sincerely believes in God never despairs. You despair because you don’t believe in the power of God, Who governs all things.
Deliver everything into God’s hands and do not worry about the future. What would be useful and salvific to you, this the Lord shall send.
I am begging you: shed at least one [little] drop of tears every day. Let there pass for you no day without tears. St. Gregory of Nyssa writes: “A deep sigh returns the grace of God, to have been gone”.
One needs to be holy in order to know who is holy. If you are not holy yourself, then how could you know whether the other is holy.
Everyone has some talent. Find this talent in a man and honor him for it. Then that man – feeling your honoring, shall become better.
You want to love people? Fall in love with Christ too much – and you will see how to fall in love with people, too. Such love – coming out of the love of Christ, is true and strong.
When we are looking for the spiritual, then God sends us a lot more than what we are looking for.