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True hope seeks first of all the Kingdom of God, St. Seraphim of Sarov

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My hope is the Father, my refuge is the Son, my protection is the Holy Spirit: O Holy Trinity, glory to Thee.
All my hope I place in thee, O Mother of God: keep me under thy protection.

St. Seraphim of Sarov

All who have firm hope in God are raised to Him and illumined by the radiance of the eternal light. If a man does not let excessive concern for himself turn him away from love for God and for acts of virtue, then this hope is true and wise. But if a man places all his hope in his own affairs and turns to God with prayer only when unforeseen misfortunes befall him, and seeing no means in his own power to avert them begins to rely on the help of God, his hope is vain and deceptive. True hope seeks first of all the Kingdom of God, and is confident that every earthly necessity of temporal life will doubtless be given. It is of this hope that our Savior’s most holy words speak to us: `Come unto me, all ye that labor and are burdened, and I shall give you rest’ (Matt. 11:28); that is, hope in Me and you shall be comforted in your labor and cares.

St. Seraphim of Sarov, in Modern Orthodox Saints, Vol.5 by Constantine Cavarnos and Mary-Barbara Zeldin, Belmont,Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 2001

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