St Nikitas: The soul renewed in the beauty of Christ’s image becomes a light to others

SEE, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. I know that you have little strength, yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name.

Revelation 3:8.

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WE must not allow ourselves to be frightened into silence. Yes, it’s hard to “keep on keeping on” when being pushed around – but like Ronald Reagan said: when we stiffen our spines, those around us can stiffen theirs, too! Press in, press on. Don’t retreat, friends!

Sarah Palin. Source.

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A monk of Mount Athos

“If it concerns itself with things divine, the soul becomes a light to others, it inspires them to glorify God.”

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IF it concerns itself with things divine and tills the ground of humility, tears fall on it like rain from heaven, and it cultivates love for God, faith and compassion for others.

And when in this way the soul is renewed in the beauty of Christ’s image, it becomes a light to others; attracting their attention with the rays of its virtue, it inspires them to glorify God.

St Nikitas Stithatos (c. 1005 – c. 1090). Source.

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REMOVE from me reproach and contempt; for I have sought out thy testimonies. For princes sat and spoke against me: but thy servant was meditating on thine ordinances. For thy testimonies are my meditation, and thine ordinances are my counsellors.

Psalm 118[119]:22-24.

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Franz Liszt, Transcription of ‘Ständchen’ (Serenade) by Franz Schubert.
Played by Vitaly Pisarenko.

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