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January 22

When Domentian struck him in the face, spat upon him and broke his teeth, the holy Hieromartyr Clement, Bishop of Ancyra replied, "You are doing me great honor, O Domentian, and you are not torturing me, for the mouth of my Lord Jesus Christ was also beaten and struck in like manner – and behold: I, the unworthy one, have now been made worthy of this!"

January 21

"In the beginning, passion and pain were not created together with the body; nor forgetfulness and ignorance together with the soul; nor the ever-changing impressions in the shape of events with the mind. All these things were brought about in man by his disobedience." -- St. Maximos the Confessor

January 20

"It is not good for a monk to move from place to place. A tree frequently transplanted does not bear fruit." -- St. Euthymius the Great

January 19

"The most important work that a spiritual wrestler can do is to enter within the heart, there to fight Satan; to hate and repel the thoughts that he inspires and to wage war upon him." -- St. Macarius of Egypt

January 18

"The good God has given them a share in His own Image, that is, in our Lord Jesus Christ, and has made even themselves after the same Image and Likeness. Why? Simply in order that through this gift of God-likeness in themselves they may be able to perceive the Image Absolute, that is the Word Himself, and through Him to apprehend the Father; which knowledge of their Maker is for men the only really happy and blessed life." -- Athanasius the Great (On the Incarnation)

January 17

"Learn to love humility, for it will cover all your sins. All sins are repulsive before God, but the most repulsive of all is pride of the heart. Do not consider yourself learned and wise; otherwise, all your effort will be destroyed, and your boat will reach the harbor empty. If you have great authority, do not threaten anyone with death. Know that, according to nature, you too are susceptible to death, and that every soul sheds its body as its final garment." -- St. Anthony the Great

January 16

St. Anthony rebukes those who refuse to receive back penitents: "A ship suffered shipwreck and lost its cargo, and only with great difficulty did that boat reach the harbor – and you want to sink even that which was saved from sinking!"

January 15

"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

January 14

"Keep this piety of my faith undefiled, I beseech you, and let this be the utterance of my convictions even to the last breath of my spirit: that I may always hold fast to that which I profess in the creed of my regeneration when I was baptized in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, namely, that I may adore you, our Father, and your Son together with you, and that I may gain the favor of your Holy Spirit who is from you through the only-begotten. He is a suitable witness for my faith who says: 'Father, all things that are mine are thine, and thine are mine,' my Lord Jesus Christ, who always abides as God in you, from you and with you who is blessed forever and ever. Amen.'" -- St. Hilary of Poitiers

January 13

"Be fearful that you do not become famous because of some work that you do. If they begin to praise you because of your work, do not rejoice or take delight in it, but keep your works secret as much as you can, and do not allow anyone to speak about them." -- St. Anthony

January 12

When the judge-torturer Sevirus asked the young holy martyr Peter Apselamus: “Of what lineage are you?” Peter replied: “I am a Christian.”

January 11

"The goal of human freedom is not in freedom itself, nor is it in man, but in God. By giving man freedom, God has yielded to man a piece of His divine authority, but with the intention that man himself would voluntarily bring it as a sacrifice to God, a most perfect offering." -- St. Theophan the Recluse

January 10

“It is not one’s own efforts which lead to the goal, because without grace, efforts produce little. Nor does grace without effort bring what is sought, because grace acts in us and for us through our efforts.” -- St. Theophan the Recluse

January 9

"Prayer is the test of everything. If prayer is right, everything is right." -- St. Theophan the Recluse

January 8

"To stand guard over the heart, to stand with the mind in the heart, to descend from the head into the heart - all these are one and the same thing. The core of the work lies in the concentration of attention and the standing before the invisible Lord, not in the head but within the chest, close to the heart and in the heart. When the divine warmth comes, all this will be clear." -- St. Theophan the Recluse

January 7

"St. John the Forerunner set out to men the whole path of true repentance: 'Repent ye!' And he immediately continued: 'Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance' (Matt. 3:2,8)." -- St. Nicholai of Zica

January 6

"Today, Thou hast appeared to the universe, O Lord, and Thy light hath been shed upon us, who praise Thee with knowledge, saying, 'Thou hast come and appeared, O unapproachable Light." -- Kontakion of Theophany

January 5

"Christians are good not merely out of obedience to law or harmony with nature, or in order to gain immortal bliss for the soul. Rather, they are righteous in anticipation of the age to come, the eschaton, the age of the fullness of creation in the incarnate Son of God." -- Orthodox Study Bible notes on Epistle for Theophany, Titus 2:11-14

January 4

"No one will ever find true happiness and perfect prosperity without God or outside God." -- Bishop INNOCENT, Bishop of Kamchatka, the Kurilian and Aleutian Islands

January 3

"All the stars in the heavens could be more easily counted than all the miracles worked on earth by prayer." -- St. Nicholai of Zica

January 2

"The soul should be provided with the word of God. For the word of God, as Gregory the Theologian says, 'is the bread of angels, which feeds the soul that is hungry for God. But, above all, one should read the New Testament and the Psalter. From this proceeds illumination of the mind…'" -- St. Seraphim of Sarov

January 1

"If you see your neighbor sinning, take care not to dwell exclusively on his faults. Try to think of the many good things he has done and continues to do. Many times when we do this, we come to the conclusion that our neighbor is a far better person than we are." -- St. Basil the Great

December 31

"Today the Virgin giveth birth to the Transcendent in essence; the earth offereth the cave to the unapproachable One; the angels with the shepherds glorify Him; and the Magi with the star travel on their way; for a new child hath been born for our sakes, God before the ages." -- Kontakion of the Nativity of our Lord and God and Savior Jesus Christ

December 30

"We must become and manifest the icon of God, this restored beauty in our own lives, in our families, in our Churches in our communities and in our Nation." -- His Eminence, Metropolitan JOSEPH

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