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July 25

"A Christian has an obligation to serve his creator not only with the soul but also with the body. This refutes the false position of certain Christians, who live physically as pagans, while praising themselves that they believe in God and love God with their souls." -- St. Nicholai of Zica

July 24

"Have love; for what salt is to food, love is to every virtue." -- St. Euthymius the Great

July 23

"We should encourage the people to come to Matins from the very beginning. In the Six Psalms of Matins we find all the Christian advice, wisdom and morality. We cannot come to the Divine Liturgy and receive the Holy Communion without preparation. Matins is about how to prepare for the Divine Liturgy." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 22

"Eyes turned to heaven will see all things fulfilled. If we carry out the Great Commandment to bring the Good News to the ears of God’s people, our churches will be filled and our wallets will have no lack. The details will take care of themselves." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 21

"How can we radiate the joy of salvation when we constantly worry needlessly? Obedience, chastity, poverty…where is the shame of these in the eyes of God? Yes, the world calls these shames, and tempts us with earthly pleasures. Yet, we know that even with financial security, fame and power, a man can be perfectly miserable. Happiness is found within us, when we genuinely trust in God’s providence." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 20

"Tithing is not just for converts. It is not just for the rich. It is for all of us. It brings us peace, knowing that we have given to God what is rightfully His. It makes our parishes strong by providing the support it needs. It builds up our youth, who see our gratitude to God and are in turn grateful to their parents. Yes, if you really want your children to appreciate what you do for them, try being an example of gratitude." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 19

"The Kingdom of Heaven is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Acquire inward peace, and thousands around you will find their salvation." -- St. Seraphim of Sarov

July 18

"We cannot call ourselves ‘moral’ or ‘ethical’ unless we remain focused on salvation. Our primary work is to make manifest the Kingdom of God in our families, in our parishes, and in all that we do. Through constant remembrance of God’s love and care for us, even through difficult worldly circumstances, we can endure any kind of trial." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 17

"We all have one purpose, to bring the Gospel of our Lord, Jesus Christ, to this land, and to point out the way of salvation to those who are lost in the lies and turmoil of this ocean of contemporary disfiguration, deception and confusion." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 16

"Give your children a solid spiritual foundation, and they will be content with whatever they have. Deprive them of a life in Christ, and they will be miserable even in the midst of great wealth." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 15

"The best things, the things we treasure most, come through difficulties. If we ignore the difficulties, we are neglecting the true joys." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 14

"If we are to become filled with a joy that the world cannot take away, we must give up everything, even our own selfish lives, so that we can be alive in our Lord, Jesus Christ." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 13

"Our Lord teaches us that all things come from Him. He is the source of all good. If we follow Him, even in times of sorrow and hardship, He increases us by allowing us to participate in His divinity." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 12

"Without a foundation of Christian virtues, all the education in the world is meaningless. Education cannot cure loneliness, anxiety, depression and fear. Only faith in God’s mercy can." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 11

"Reading the Bible without living the Bible will lead us nowhere." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 10

"None of us have been asked to be born. It is a gift, the gift of life, and we shall be judged on what each of us does with this gift." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 9

"Never cease to give thanks for what you have received. Perhaps we are not rich men when it comes to money and property, but we are wealthy men in the eyes of God. He has given us many unseen gifts, eternal ones, ones that cannot be taken from us. We have been given more than we labored for. Rejoice, for God is generous and merciful. He is the God of Love, and He loves us all." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 8

"We do not suffer because there is too much godliness in the world, but because there is too much evil. We must overcome the evil around us with godliness, speaking the truth in love." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 7

Ammon complained to the venerable Sisoes the Great that he could not memorize the wise sayings that he read, in order to be able to repeat them in conversation with men. The saint replied to Him: "That is not necessary. It is necessary to attain purity of mind and to speak from that purity, placing your hope in God."

July 6

A monk said to St. Sisoes: "I would like to preserve my heart but I cannot," to which the elder responded: "How can we preserve the heart when the gate to our heart, the tongue stands open?"

July 5

"When a man begins to train himself in keeping silent, silence to him seems to be lesser than speech; but when he is trained in silence then he knows that speech is lesser than silence." -- St. Nicholai of Zica

July 4

"The unity of God the Father and Jesus Christ is a perfect unity, and this perfect unity is what our Lord calls us to have with one another. If we act in the name of God, then the proof of our motivations will be revealed in our unity. Endless arguing and bickering is a sign that God is absent and that we have forgotten Him. The contentious person is outside God’s grace by his or her desires to dominate others." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 3

"All of us have been called to serve God. We do this in our families, our parishes and our secular jobs. We serve God when we serve one another. Our acts of kindness and generosity, our prayers for our loved ones and our enemies, are all offerings to God which He receives from us and uses for the benefit of all mankind." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

July 2

"Christ, invisible to the bodily eye, manifests Himself on earth clearly through His Church…The Church is the Body of Christ both because its parts are united to Christ through His divine mysteries and because through her Christ works in the world." -- St. John of San Francisco 

July 1

"Never confuse the person formed in the image of God, with the evil that is in him: because evil is but a chance misfortune, an illness, a devilish reverie. But the very essence of a person is the image of God, and this remains in him despite every disfigurement." -- St John of Kronstadt

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