686 (TONGUE/ DISCRETION/ SILENCE)

  686 (TONGUE/ DISCRETION/ SILENCE)  When you are ready to say something, it may appear to you to be good. However, “the good is no good if it is not properly done”.  Elsewhere it is said, “before speaking once, think twice” (that is, think well, before opening your mouth to

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685 (AFFABILITY/ LOVE/ NEIGHBOUR)

  685 (AFFABILITY/ LOVE/ NEIGHBOUR)  Loving your neighbour demands that you are affable towards him.  For example: Does he give you or does he propose to you anything?... Accept or do immediately and with pleasure what he asks of you without any objection. (Provided that what he asks and/or what

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684 (ORTHODOX HESYCHASM/ HUMILITY/ MEEKNESS)

  684 (ORTHODOX HESYCHASM/ HUMILITY/ MEEKNESS)  Orthodox Hesychasm requires external and -mostly- internal tranquillity... When we say “tranquillity”, in Orthodox Hesychasm, we mainly mean the restraint of passions…, as well as the restraint of “thoughts” (logismoi)… This exercise brings us into a state of meekness and humility (since through Orthodox

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683 (SILENCE)

683 (SILENCE)  • Keeping silence knowingly is above all philosophy!  • Less talk means less sin.  • Silence is golden…  • Silence is the atmosphere of the noetic prayer (Jesus Prayer).  • Silence is the art of helping you to circumvent all adversities/difficulties.  • Silence is the means of bringing

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682 (GOD/ NEIGHBOUR/ SIMPLICITY/ LOVE)

  682 (GOD/ NEIGHBOUR/ SIMPLICITY/ LOVE)  1. Be careful not to do anything which may affect your relation with God.  2. If you find yourself before a dilemma, either to sadden your neighbour or God…, choose the first.  3. Simplicity and love demand that you do not misunderstand the person

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681 (“CONTINUITY”/ TARGET/ VANITY/ FALLS/ FAILURES)

  681 (“CONTINUITY”/ TARGET/ VANITY/ FALLS/ FAILURES)  Maintain the blessed and unbroken “continuity” to God…. Do not procrastinate at superfluous or vain or deceitful matters… Do not stop at your falls or at your failures…  Rather, keep and follow your continuity to God…, towards your target, to things pure, to

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680 (PLEASURE/ WEAKNESS/ ABSTINENCE)

  680 (PLEASURE/ WEAKNESS/ ABSTINENCE)  When something presents itself to you to which you have a weakness, be careful because it may dominate you! Restrain yourself! Do not let it capture your heart!  Instead, place in front of you your “holy programme”, your “holy decisions” (taken during your introspective evening

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679 (THOUGHTS/ OBSESSIONS/ DEVIL)

  679 (THOUGHTS/ OBSESSIONS/ DEVIL)  When you see a thought to “stick” and not going away, be aware that it originates from the…psychopathic, maniac and obsess-ridden devil, in cooperation with our fallen nature.  Do not try to resist it… Simply turn the “look” of your mind elsewhere and…ignore it!  

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678 (FAMILY/ MISUNDERSTANDINGS/ HUMILITY)

  678 (FAMILY/ MISUNDERSTANDINGS/ HUMILITY)  Although it should not, unfortunately it happens in the same house, in the same family, to have misunderstandings, resentments, even “hostile” encounters between its members. This may also happen to you and surely you do not like it!  Trust me, the best reaction on your

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