Saint Arsenie Boca of Prislop (of Romania)
28 November 1989
On 27 November 2013, St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite was canonized by the Orthodox Church
On 27 November 2017, St. Iakovos (Jacob) Tsalikis of Evia was canonized by the Orthodox Church
Saint Arsenie Boca
Nobody can say exactly when and how tears come. They well up suddenly.
Of course, you shouldn’t weep so that people will see you. Profound repentance is tears unseen. You suddenly feel such a sinner and immediately the tears start from your eyes.
If someone is swearing at you, rather than admonish them – which is almost always of no benefit – it’s better to pray for them.
If somebody accuses you of committing a sin that you didn’t do, humble yourself and you’ll inherit the crown of incorruption.
You’ll be wise when, through your silence rather than anger, you stop the mouths of others, who speak evil.
Meekness and patience have greater power than anger and stubbornness.
You can’t put out a fire with fire, but with water. In the same way, anger isn’t conquered by anger, but by meekness and a great deal of patience.
It’s better to put a stop to your irritation with a smile than to attack like a wild animal.
It’s better for you to suffer evil than to become the cause of evil.
The sorrow of someone who’s suffering unjustly is preferable to the joy of someone who’s working with injustice.
There’s nothing more important than realizing your weakness and your lack of knowledge. The first step to wisdom is to recognize your mistakes. Knowledge of ourselves and of our errors is the beginning of our salvation. Those who know their sins are half-way to their justification.
Don’t hold a grievance against anybody, even if they’re wicked, because otherwise your prayer won’t be heard by God. Defeat evil with good! Remain a sheep, and with the power of Christ you’ll overcome the wolves.
Morning prayer by Arsenie Boca
Lord Jesus Christ, help me let go of myself today, as I can create great problems from small and insignificant issues, and this way, caring for myself, I will lose You.
Lord Jesus Christ, help me so that the prayer of Your Holy name will wander (work) through my mind more than lightning on the sky, so that I stay clear of even the shadow of bad thoughts as, look, I am sinning every minute.
Lord, coming secretly amongst people, have mercy upon us, because we stumble as we are walking in the dark. Our temptations are closing the eyes of our mind, forgetfulness has become like a wall amongst us, turning our hearts to stone and all together have made the prison cell in which we keep You crippled, starving and naked, wasting our days
Lord, coming secretly amongst people, have mercy upon us and set fire to this prison cell, light up the love in our hearts, burn the thorns of our temptations and make our souls bright.
Lord, coming secretly amongst people, have mercy upon us, come and live within us, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit prays through us with unspoken sighs, when word and mind don’t have the power.
Lord, coming secretly amongst people, have mercy upon us, because we don’t realise how imperfect we are and how close You are to our souls; and how distant we become through our sins. Shine Your light over us, so that we see light through Your eyes and live eternally through Your life. Our light and joy, praise be to You!