Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
“Strong faith in a man’s heart both requires and produces prayer, and a prayer life of many years produces love. The goal of our life is nothing other than cleansing our heart to such an extent that it is able to sing with joy. Thus, prayer of the heart leads to joy of the heart. Nothing is difficult for a joyful person, because he has love.”
The man who is given Grace and who is united with God’s love is also protected by this Divine love, and the evil spirits cannot come close to him.
Love little things, and strive for that which is modest and simple.
When the soul is mature, God will give it inner peace.
The Lord watches over us, and He is pleased that you long for His peace.
Until the soul is ready, He will only sometimes allow us to see that He is present everywhere and fills all things.
At these moments the soul feels such joy!
It feels as though it has everything!
But then the Lord conceals Himself from us again, in order that we might long for Him and seek Him with our hearts!
Joy is thankfulness, and when we are joyful, that is the best expression of thanks we can offer the Lord, Who delivers us from sorrow and sin.
We do not need to say anything or do anything, but we feel so good in the presence of a humble and meek person who is full of love and goodness.
He does not have to say anything either, yet he radiates warmth, and it is as though we have caught a chill and have come into a warm and pleasant room and it warms us.
You see, that is the meaning of good thoughts, good desires full of love and goodness.
It seems that we do not understand one thing: it is not good when we return the love of those who love us, yet hate those who hate us. We are not on the right path if we do this. We are the sons of light and love, the sons of God, his children. As such we must have His qualities and His attributes of love, peace, and kindness towards all.
Excerpt From: Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: the Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica
Fr. Thaddeus – “I don’t want to think evil. I want only peace!” (Part 5/6)