Elder Thaddaeus: We must give ourselves up to good thoughts and desires

HOW long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart?

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation.

I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me.

Psalm 12(13):2, 5-6 (NIV).


THE thoughts that we give ourselves up to define our life.

We must learn to control our thoughts so that we can order them.

Elder Thaddaeus of Vitovnica

Elder Thaddaeus of Vitovnica

We must give ourselves up to good thoughts and desires for our benefit and then we, our families and others will experience harmony, for, wherever we may be, we will give out quiet and peaceful thoughts, which are full of good.

Even the slightest thought that is not founded on love destroys peace.

There is only one giver of life, peace and joy – God.

Elder Thaddaeus of Vitovnica. These sayings are among a hundred collected in his book “Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives”.


SAVE me, pure mother of the Truth, I am buffeted fearfully by the heavy seas of the passions, and continually thrust into the depths; and set my course towards the calm harbour of salvation.

At Matins on Tuesdays of the Plagal of the Fourth Tone. Source.


DISPASSION is achieved when all three aspects of the soul (i.e., the intelligent, appetivite, and incensive aspects) are directed towards God.

It is the transfiguration of the passionate aspect of the soul (i.e., the aspect of the soul which is more vulnerable to passion, namely, the appetitive and incensive aspects), rather than its mortification.

Thus dispassion in this context does not signify a stoic indifference, but rather, a transfiguration and sanctification of the powers of the soul and eventually of the body also.

Monastic Wisdom, p. 397.


STEER my thoughts, O all holy Lady, towards the calm harbour of thy dispassion and cleanness.

At Matins on November 27. Source.


2 thoughts on “Elder Thaddaeus: We must give ourselves up to good thoughts and desires

  1. The definitions of key Orthodox terms in the back are worth the price of the book by themselves. I’m particularly grateful for this one. In Orthodoxy, as I understand it, the search for peace and dispassion isn’t a search for a kind of emotional anaesthesia, for an absence of feeling or of personal relationships. It is a search to feel keenly the joys and pains of others and the grace of God’s presence, it is a calling to be truly and deeply sensitive. I really like that.

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