Pearls of Wisdom from the Miterikon

St Eugenia said, “It is better for us to be beggars, because whoever is close to Christ is wealthy, despite our materialistic poverty. He who prefers earthly wealth to spiritual wealth will lose both, but he who desires the heavenly will also be granted the earthly.”

Mother Theodora said, “We must struggle to enter through the narrow gate because just as the trees need wind and rain to bear fruit, we too on this earth need suffering and temptations, so we can inherit the kingdom of God.”

Holy Melania the New said, “We must guard our real love for God and remember that without spiritual love every struggle and virtue is in vain. The devil can copy everything we do, but he is defeated with love and humility. I will tell you the following: We fast, he doesn’t eat at all; we keep vigils, he never sleeps. We must hate pride because that is what caused him to fall from heaven and that is what he uses to bring us close to him. Let us avoid vainglory of the present world, and above all, let us safely guard our Orthodox Faith, which is the foundation of our life in Christ. Let us make the sanctity of our soul and body our goal; without this, no one will see the Lord.”

Holy Sarra would say, “I ascend the steps and always have the vision of death before me.”

Mother Syglitiki said, “They who approach God are confronted, in the beginning, with a great struggle and much work, but afterwards they experience an indescribable joy. Just as when we first light a fire we are overcome by the smoke and we become teary-eyed, so too, when we light the divine fire in our souls it is with tears and suffering.”

“My children, we all want to be saved, but because of our neglect we finally distance ourselves from salvation.”

“It is good for one not to be angered. If this does happen to you remember that the setting of the sun should not find you angered with your brother. You, however, wait for the setting of your life… Why do you hate the person who upset you? It is not he who wronged you but the devil. Hate the illness and not the person who is ill.”