There are so many wonderful, heart-warming, and enlightening Orthodox quotations that I come upon scattered across the web, posted on Facebook groups, shared as memes, mentioned in articles, featured on websites. I’m sure there are some webpages collecting some of them, but I think there is room for more! So I am here beginning an ongoing series of posts, collecting and sharing these quotes that have really spoken to me and aided me in my spiritual journey.
Whether you are Orthodox or non-Orthodox, a cradle, a convert, a catechumen, an inquirer, someone with long-standing interest in the faith, or someone with passing interest in this post, a Christian, or a non-Christian, I hope these wonderful words provide you with light and fruit.
I will also put a different Orthodox icon which particularly speaks to me as the featured image of each post. The first one, here, is a mosaic of Christ from Hagia Sophia (the Church of the Holy Wisdom).
‘Until we become broken through temptations and sorrow, we will not know our own infirmities and humble ourselves before God.’ – St Macarius the Great
Humility is ‘the beginning and the end of salvation’ – St John Chrysostom
‘Do not fear God because of the greatness of His majesty, but fear Him because of the greatness of His love.’ – St Isaac the Syrian
‘Make your heart a monastery. There sound the semandron, there call your vigil, censer and whisper ceaseless prayers. God is next to you!’ – St Luke the Surgeon, Archbishop of Crimea
‘If a man and a woman marry to satisfy their sexual appetites, or to further the material aims of themselves of their families, then the union is unlikely to bring blessings. But if a man and a woman marry in order to be companions on the journey through earth to heaven, then their union will bring great joy to themselves and to others.’ – St John Chrysostom
‘If you do not feel like praying, you have to force yourself. The Holy Fathers say that prayer with force is higher than prayer unforced. The Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force (Matt 11:12).’ – St Ambrose of Optina
‘O long-suffering Lord Who ever curest with grace and compassion, heal the great spiritual infirmities that are within me, a sinner!’ – St Ephraim the Syrian