When you are praying, watch over yourself so that not only your outward man prays, but your inward one also. Though you be sinful beyond measure, still pray. Do not heed the Devil’s provocation, craftiness, and despair, but overcome and conquer his wiles. Remember the abyss of the Saviour’s mercy and love to mankind. The Devil will represent the Lord’s face to you as terrible and unmerciful, rejecting your prayer and repentance; but remember the Saviour’s own words, full of every hope and boldness for us: “Him that cometh to Me, I will in no wise cast out;” and “Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden” — with sins and iniquities, and the wiles and calumnies of the Devil — “and I will give you rest.” — St. John of Kronstadt
For God created man for immortality and and made him an image of His own eternity. But death entered the world by the envy of the devil, and those of his portion tempt it. — Wisdom of Solomon 2:23-24
This Is A Public Service Announcement
Just a reminder that:
- Not all Christians are narrow-minded
- Not all Christians are bigots
- Not all Christians are judgmental
- Not all Christians are intolerant
- Not all Christians are perfect, do-gooders
Thank you for reading.
Christianity is an ascetic religion, a teaching on gradual liberation from the passions, on the means and conditions of gradual acquisition of virtues, conditions both internal, that is, personal struggle, and external, that is, dogmatic tenets and grace-filled Mysteries, all having one purpose: to heal human sinfulness and lead us to perfection. — Metropolitan Anthony (Khrapovitsky) of Kiev and Galich
It honours me so much when I see non-Christian people looking up to the Blessed Virgin. Islam treats Her better than many other denominations that call themselves Christian.