Words of Eternal Life by Father Sophrony Sakharov of Essex , disciple of St. Silouan the Athonite
Reposed in the Lord on July 11, 1993
“The most important thing in the spiritual life is to strive to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. It changes our lives (above all inwardly, not outwardly). We will live in the same house, in the same circumstances, and with the same people, but our life will already be different. But this is possible only under certain conditions: if we find the time to pray fervently, with tears in our eyes. From the morning to ask for God’s blessing, that a prayerful attitude may define our entire day.”
In daily life it is important that we remain constantly attentive to the indications God gives us about what we should do and the way we should do it. Even so we will not be able to free ourselves completely from bad thoughts; no one can, not even the most perfect.
“We do not think about how to change the world with our own powers. We strive to receive strength from God in order to act at all times with love.”
“I have been wearing a cassock for sixty years, but whenever I meet an Orthodox Christian or any other person, I bow my head low before him.” (Thereby the Elder wished to indicate that he feels himself to be the most unworthy.)
“Vouchsafe us, O Lord, to live this day without sin.” We pray thus in the morning. But only the gentle presence of the Divine Spirit within us affords us the possibility of continuing sober in spirit….
Through the prayers of Fr. Sophrony of Essex, of all the ascetic Fathers and all the saints, O Lord of compassion and hope, have mercy on us and save us!