Glory to you, O God, from age to age!

Glory to you, O God, from age to age!

The way of a pilgrim

The way of a pilgrim

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Beautiful story http://pemptousia.com/2014/08/the-conversion-of-fr-matthew-markewich/
Romans 8:28

Romans 8:28

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

The Scriptures and man’s experience both bear witness that all things work together for good to those who love God. Setbacks and difficulties there will be, but God turns them into “light affliction” (2Co 4:17, 18; 12:9, 10). God has foreknowledge of all things.

2 Corinthians 4:17-18

For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.

2 Corinthians 12:9-10

And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Everyone endures something, even through to the very end. But enduring does not lead to benefit if it is not for the sake of the Lord and His Holy Gospel.
St. Theophan the Recluse (via stkatherine)

We are Orthodox Christians because we have tasted the truth of the Orthodox Faith, of the only righteous faith in Christ, the Faith of the Apostles, the Martyrs, the Saints and the pure Faith of our Holy Fathers.

We don’t boast of the virtue of our own. We don’t boast of a personal holiness. However, we boast in Christ of our Faith, the real Faith of the real God.(41) ☦

The Testimony of the Saints, — “The Struggle On Christ In the Apostasy of Our Times” (via okpns)
The [guardian] angel will not retreat from us, unless we drive him away by our evil deeds. As the smoke drives bees away, and stench the doves, even so our stinking sin drives away from us the angel who protects our life.
St. Basil the Great (via orthodoxthoughts)