On Orthodox Spiritual Leaders

by St. Symeon the New Theologian Plead God with prayers and tears for Him to send you a guide who is dispassionate and holy. At the same time, also study the divine Scriptures by yourself and particularly the practical writings of the Holy Fathers; so that by cross-examining the teachings and works of your teacher and […]

On the Saying “Those Whom He Foreknew, the Same He Also Predestined”

“Predestination” is an excuse for sloth: God calls everyone to repentance I have heard many people say: “Because the Apostle says; ‘Those whom God foreknew, the same He also predestined; and those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, the same also glorified’ (Rom. 8:29–30) what good is it to me […]

On Spiritual Fatigue and Lethargy During Lent

by St. Symeon the New Theologian “My brethren, it is not possible for these things [virtues] to come about in one day or one week! They will take much time, labor, and pain, in accordance with each man’s attitude and willingness, according to the measure of faith and one’s contempt for the objects of sight […]

The Aim of Living in God

by St. Simeon the New Theologian “The aim of all those who live in God is to please our Lord Jesus Christ and become reconciled with God the Father through receiving the Holy Spirit, thus securing their salvation, for in this consists the salvation of every soul. If this aim and this activity is lacking, […]

Surrounded

by St. Symeon the New Theologian “When a man walks in the fear of God he knows no fear, even if he were to be surrounded by wicked men. He has the fear of God within him and wears the invincible armor of faith. This makes him strong and able to take on anything, even […]

The Three Ways of Attention and Prayer

by St. Symeon the New Theologian There are three ways of attention and prayer, by which the soul can be lifted and become spiritually exhalted, or crumble and perish. If these three ways are used appropriately and at the right time, the soul will be lifted, whilst if they are used unreasonably and at the […]

He Promised, and is Not a Liar

by St. Symeon the New Theologian Provided they live a worthy life, both those who choose to dwell in the midst of noise and hubbub and those who dwell in monasteries, mountains and caves can achieve salvation. Solely because of their faith in Him, God bestows great blessings on them. Hence those who because of […]

As Long As God Wishes, Until…

by St. Symeon the New Theologian To have faith in Christ means more than simply despising the delights of this life. It means we should bear all our daily trials that may bring us sorrow, distress, or unhappiness, and bear them patiently for as long as God wishes and until He comes to visit us. For […]