glad shrieks of the cherubim singing and shouting hosannah

I am perhaps the one man in all creation who loves the truth and genuinely desires good. I was there when the Word, Who died on the Cross, rose up into heaven bearing on His bosom the soul of the penitent thief. I heard the glad shrieks of the cherubim singing and shouting hosannah andContinue reading “glad shrieks of the cherubim singing and shouting hosannah”

perhaps the best education

From The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky: You must know that there is nothing higher and stronger and more wholesome and good for life in the future than some good memory, especially a memory of childhood, of home. People talk to you a great deal about your education, but some good, sacred memory, preserved fromContinue reading “perhaps the best education”

prayer is an education

Young man, be not forgetful of prayer. Every time you pray, if your prayer is sincere, there will be new feeling and new meaning in it, which will give you fresh courage, and you will understand that prayer is an education. …[E]very day, and whenever you can, repeat to yourself, “Lord, have mercy on allContinue reading “prayer is an education”

after this cruel analysis

“Remember, young man, unceasingly,” Father Païssy began, without preface, “that the science of this world, which has become a great power, has, especially in the last century, analysed everything divine handed down to us in the holy books. After this cruel analysis the learned of this world have nothing left of all that was sacredContinue reading “after this cruel analysis”

watch over your own deceitfulness

Above all, avoid falsehood, every kind of falsehood, especially falseness to yourself. Watch over your own deceitfulness and look into it every hour, every minute. Avoid being scornful, both to others and to yourself. What seems to you bad within you will grow purer from the very fact of your observing it in yourself. AvoidContinue reading “watch over your own deceitfulness”

she has no right to forgive

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, book V (“Pro and Contra”), chapter 4 (“Rebellion”): Can you understand why a little creature, who can’t even understand what’s done to her, should beat her little aching heart with her tiny fist in the dark and the cold, and weep her meek unresentful tears to dear, kind GodContinue reading “she has no right to forgive”

a good deed in reality

“A sentimental society lady of genuinely good disposition in many respects” makes this statement to Elder Zosima: “I so love humanity that—would you believe it?—I often dream of forsaking all that I have, leaving Lise, and becoming a sister of mercy. I close my eyes and think and dream, and at that moment I feelContinue reading “a good deed in reality”

the kiss burns his heart

“My intention is to end it with the following scene: Having disburdened his heart, the Inquisitor waits for some time to hear his prisoner speak in His turn. His silence weighs upon him. He has seen that his captive has been attentively listening to him all the time, with His eyes fixed penetratingly and softlyContinue reading “the kiss burns his heart”