Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
When you find a soul akin to your own stay with it, for it is a great joy to make friends with those who think alike.
When we talk to our fellow men and they tell us about their troubles, we will listen to them carefully if we have love for them. We will have compassion for their suffering and pain, for we are God’s creatures; we are a manifestation of the love of God.
As is our relationship to our neighbour, so is our relationship to God.
Our neighbour is he who seeks our help.
The Lord is present everywhere, and nothing happens without His will or His permission – either in this life or eternity. When we accept this idea, everything is made easier. If God would allow us to do everything the way we desire and when we desire, this would certainly result in catastrophe. One cannot even imagine the chaos that would occur.
The first step to communion with God is to give ourselves up to God completely.
As long as we pay attention to the negative sides of those we meet, we will not find peace or quiet.
The main thing in spiritual life is to keep your heart at peace.
Everything done for the sake of God and not for the sake of glory is good.