Tag Archives: Memories

Elder Thaddeus: All of us sin constantly. We slip and fall. In reality, we fall into a trap . . .

Photo of Elder Thaddeus“All of us sin constantly. We slip and fall. In reality, we fall into a trap set by the demons.

The Holy Fathers and the Saints always tell us, ‘It is important to get up immediately after a fall and to keep on walking toward God’. Even if we fall a hundred times a day, it does not matter; we must get up and go on walking toward God without looking back.

What has happened has happened – it is in the past. Just keep on going, all the while asking for help from God.”

+ Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine our Lives

St. John Climacus: The memory of insults is the residue of anger. . . .

Icon of St. John ClimicusRemembrance of wrongs is the consummation of anger, the keeper of sins, hatred of righteousness, ruin of virtues, poison of the soul, worm of the mind, shame of prayer, stopping of supplication, estrangement of love, a nail stuck in the soul, pleasureless feeling beloved in the sweetness of bitterness, continuous sin, unsleeping transgression, hourly malice.

This dark and hateful passion, I mean remembrance of wrongs, is one of those that are produced but have no offspring. That is why we do not intend to say much about it.

He who has put a stop to anger has also destroyed remembrance of wrongs; because childbirth continues only while the father is alive.

+ St. John Climacus, Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 9.2-4

St. Gregory of Sinai: The passions that pertain to the body differ from those that pertain to the soul . . .

Icon of St. Gregory of SinaiThe passions that pertain to the body differ from those that pertain to the soul; those affecting the appetitive faculty differ from those affecting the incensive faculty; and those of the intelligence differ from those of the intellect and the reason.

But all intercommunicate, and all collaborate, the bodily passions with those of the appetitive faculty, passions of the soul with those of the incensive faculty, passions of the intelligence with those of the intellect, and passions of the intellect with those of the reason and of the memory.

+ St. Gregory of Sinai
On Commandments and Doctrines, Warnings and Promises

St. Thalassios the Libyan: Our memories can be stripped of passion . . .

Icon of St. Thalassios the Libyan“Our memories can be stripped of passion through prayer, spiritual reading, self-control and love.”

+ St. Thalassios the Libyan, “On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 3.37, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Thalassios the Libyan: There are three ways through which thoughts arise in you . . .

Icon of St. Thalassios the Libyan“There are three ways through which thoughts arise in you: through the senses, through the memory, and through the body’s temperament. Of these the most irksome are those that come through the memory.”

“On Love, Self-Control and Life in Accordance with the Intellect,” 1.46, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)