Tag Archives: Good and Evil

St. Thalassios the Libyan: He who fears God . . .

Archangel Michael Casting out Satan“He who fears God will pay careful attention to his soul and will free himself from communion with evil.”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, β€œOn Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 2.63, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

Elder Cleopa: Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross . . .

Photo of Elder Cleopas“Do not do anything without signing yourself with the sign of the Cross! When you depart on a journey, when you begin your work, when you go to study, when you are alone, and when you are with other people, seal yourself with the Holy Cross on your forehead, your body, your chest, your heart, your lips, your eyes, your ears. All of you should be sealed with the sign of Christ’s victory over hell. Then you will no longer be afraid of charms, evil spirits, or sorcery, because these are dissolved by the power of the Cross like wax before fire and like dust before the wind.”

— Elder Cleopa

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk: Let thy mind fast from vain thoughts . . .

Icon of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk“Let thy mind fast from vain thoughts; let thy memory fast from remembering evil; let thy will fast from evil desire; let thine eyes fast from bad sights: turn away thine eyes that thou mayest not see vanity; let thine ears fast from vile songs and slanderous whispers; let thy tongue fast from slander, condemnation, blasphemy, falsehood, deception, foul language and every idle and rotten word; let thy hands fast from killing and from stealing another’s goods; let thy legs fast from going to evil deeds: Turn away from evil, and do good.”

— St. Tikhon of Zadonsk

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: God and the devil are found . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“God and the devil are found at opposite poles. No one can turn his face to God who has not first turned his back on sin. When a man turns his face to God, all of his paths lead to God. When a man turns his face away from God, all of his paths lead to perdition. When a man finally rejects God by word and in his heart, he is no longer fit to do anything that does not serve for his complete destruction, both of his soul and of his body.”

+ St. Nikolai Velimirovich, Thoughts on Good and Evil