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“It is a fearful thing to hate whom God has loved. To look upon another—his weaknesses, his sins, his faults, his defects—is to look upon one who is suffering. He is suffering from negative passions, from the same sinful human corruption from which you yourself suffer. This is very important: do not look upon him with the judgmental eyes of comparison, noting the sins you assume you would never commit. Rather, see him as a fellow sufferer, a fellow human being who is in need of the very healing of which you are in need. Help him, love him, pray for him, do unto him as you would have him do unto you.”

~St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

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Until Christ becomes completely everything for the soul which authentically has a certain permanent and unchanging value, until then, man cannot enter into suffering for Christ. How could St. Marina the fifteen-year-old girl enter into suffering for Christ? For to her, Christ was completely everything! How could Saint Julietta have rejoiced upon seeing her three year old son Kyriacos dead for the Faith of Christ? Again, for her, Christ was completely everything. Behold, how St. Tikhon of Zadonsk speaks in detail of how Christ is everything to man in the form of a conversation between Christ and man:

Do you desire good for yourself? Every good is in Me.

Do you desire blessedness? Every blessedness is in Me.

Do you desire beauty? What is more beautiful than Me?

Do you desire nobleness? What is more noble than the Son of God and the Holy Virgin?

Do you desire height? What is higher than the Kingdom of Heaven?

Do you desire riches? In Me are all riches.

Do you desire wisdom? I am the Wisdom of God.

Do you desire friendship? Who is a kinder friend than I Who lay down My life for all?

Do you desire help? Who can help except Me?

Do you seek joy? Who will rejoice outside of Me?

Do you seek comfort in misery? Who will comfort you outside of Me?

Do you seek peace? I am the peace of the soul.

Do you seek life? In Me is the source of life.

Do you seek light? ‘I am the Light of the world’ (John 8:12).

by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

Nothing so moves a sinner to repentance as eternity, and nothing is so useful to every Christian as remembrance and contemplation of eternity. Eternity restrains a man from sin, calms his passions, turns him from the world and all its vanity, makes his heart contrite, gives birth to tears of repentance, incites him to prayer, and works true sighing of the heart. Contemplation and remembrance of eternity can correct even the most depraved man. Contemplation of eternity filled dwellers of the desert, caves, mountains and clefts of the earth. By contemplating eternity the holy martyrs willed to endure torments rather than submit to the will of ungodly kings and deny Christ.

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

When pride retreats from a man, humility begins to dwell in him, and the more pride is diminished, so much more does humility grow. The one gives way to the other as to its opposite. Darkness departs and light appears. Pride is darkness, but humility is light.
—  St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return:

“We see the water of a river flowing uninterruptedly and passing away, and all that floats on its surface, rubbish or beams of trees, all pass by. Christian! So does our life… I was an infant, and that time has gone. I was an adolescent, and that too has passed. I was a young man, and that too is far behind me. The strong and mature man that I was is no more. My hair turns white, I succumb to age, but that too passes; I approach the end and will go the way of all flesh. I was born in order to die. I die that I may live. Remember me, O Lord, in Thy Kingdom!”

—St. Tikhon of Voronezh

If we want, Christian, to have our heart filled with divine love we must first empty them of the love of this world, its frivolous and sinful customs and then turn our hearts to the one God, our only good and happiness and eternal beatitude.
—  St. Tikhon of Zadonsk