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Woe to us, if, in taking care of ourselves, we do not use as our foundation our faith in God… St. Seraphim of Sarov

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St. Seraphim of Sarov

“Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us” (Is. 26:12).

Condescension towards your neighbor and silence protect spiritual peace. When a person is in such an state, then he receives Godly revelations.

Faith, according to the teachings of St. Antioch, is the beginning of our union with God: the true believers are the stone of the church of God, prepared for the edifice of God the Father, which is raised up to the heights by the power of Jesus Christ, that is, by the Cross and help of the grace of the Holy Spirit. “Faith without works is dead” (James 2:26). The works of faith are love, peace, longsuffering, mercy, humility, bearing one’s cross and life by the spirit. True faith cannot remain without works. One who truly believes will also surely perform good works.

Excessive care about worldly matters is characteristic of an unbelieving and fainthearted person, and woe to us, if, in taking care of ourselves, we do not use as our foundation our faith in God, who cares for us! If we do not attribute visible blessings to Him, which we use in this life, then how can we expect those blessings from Him which are promised in the future? We will not be of such little faith. By the words of our Saviour, it is better first to seek the Kingdom of God, for the rest shall be added unto us (see Mt. 6:33).

From the Teachings of St. Seraphim of Sarov
Little Russian Philokalia, Vol. 1: St. Seraphim of Sarov: Spiritual Instructions, Seraphim Rose (Editor, Translator) published by the St. Herman of Alaska Press.
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