Thursday, March 19, 2015

St. Paisios on Spiritual Transformation

St. Paisios the Athonite, depicted with St. Arsenios of Cappadocia and St. Euphemia the Great Martyr (source)
"When man is helped to believe in God and in the life to come, eternal life--in other words, the deeper meaning of life--and repents, his life changes, and immediately divine consolation comes through the Grace of God, which alters man, showing him all of his inheritances. This has happened to many people who repented, struggling with philotimo, humbly, while they became full of grace and became Saints, and we venerate them today with reverence and ask for their intercessions, while previously they had many passions and inherited [negative] dispositions."
-St. Paisios the Athonite
(amateur translation of text from source)
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

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