Posts tagged “Elder Ephraim”

Elder Ephraim of Arizona

On Warfare with the Demons

My child, always be careful, both when you are happy and when you are sad. When you are happy you should not lose control through vivacity and laughter, nor when you are sad should you be so gloomy that it shows. The reason is that Satan shoots thoughts at us like arrows, but he cannot tell if our heart is receptive to them. But since he is an expert, once he shoots an arrow—that is, once he assaults us with [...]

Confession & repentance

How easily does God forgive!

How easily does God forgive! This will happen by just opening to Him the door of your soul. God is not expecting any reward for what He is giving to people. Even if your sins are millions or billions, for God it counts for zero. What is a small quantity of sand in the ocean worth? All the sins of the world are just a virus in the ocean. There is no sin that wins the mercy of God. So [...]

Sunset at the Monastery

On Paradise and Salvation

Now in the springtime, when nature is wearing its most beautiful apparel, one feels inexpressible joy when this natural beauty is accompanied by a sublime spiritual state. Truly, our holy God has made all things in wisdom (Ps. 103:26)! The soul cannot get enough of beholding the beauty of nature. Oh, if man would only lift his mind above this earthly realm to the heavenly Jerusalem, to the inconceivable beauty of paradise where the finite, earthly mind ceases to [...]

Prepare yourselves my children

Let us now strive more, my children, and the benefits will be great. No one finds grace without toil. If the farmer does not farm his field, he will not see the results. When our fasting coexists, is strengthened and is encompassed with prayer, with contemplation, with watchfulness, with church attendance, with confession, with Holy Communion, with good works and charity giving, then is fulfilled the beauty of the souls preparation for the reception of Holy Week. Then we will [...]