“If it is a mark of extreme meekness, even in the presence of one’s offender, to be peacefully and lovingly disposed towards him in one’s heart, then it is certainly a mark of hot temper when a person continues to quarrel and rage against his offender, both by words and gestures, even when by himself.” St. John Climacus.


Uprooting the passions

“Let each one find out about his own condition, the state of his soul. A man is in one of three conditions: That of giving free rein to his passions or that of checking them or that of uprooting them. In the first he indulges his passions and gives in to vice; in the second he neither indulges his passions nor cuts them off completely but disputes with them and turns them back but allows them to remain inside him; in the third he is working to root them out and he struggles with them and acts contrary to them.” St. Dorotheos of Gaza.

Garden of the Theotokos quotes

“Rightly do we , who have been saved through you, pure Virgin, confess that you are the Mother of God, extolling you with the angelic choirs. For God, whom men cannot see, on whom the ranks of angels do not dare to look, has through you become visible to men as the Logos made flesh. Glorifying Him with the heavenly hosts we proclaim you blessed. And what shall we call you, who are full of grace? Heaven, for you have made the Sun of Righteousness shine forth? Paradise, for you have put forth the flower of immortality? Virgin, for you have remained inviolate? Pure mother, for you have held in your embrace the God of all? Mother of God, you are the true vine, for you have born the fruit of life. We entreat you, intercede in your glory with the apostles and all the saints, that God may have mercy on our souls.” St. Peter of Damaskos


“…the Word Himself became flesh, having been in truth conceived of the Virgin, but coming forth as God with the assumed nature which, as soon as He was brought forth into being, was deified by Him, so that these three things took place simultaneously, the assumption of our nature, the coming into being, and the deification of the assumed nature by the Word.” St. John of Damascus.

Respecting one’s elders

“The glory of one’s father is one’s own glory, and it is a disgrace for children not to respect their mother.~ Sirach 3:1


“When Scripture says, ‘He will reward every man according to his works'(Matt. 16:27), do not imagine that works in themselves merit either hell or the Kingdom. On the contrary, Christ rewards each man according to whether his works are done with faith or without faith in Himself; and He is not a dealer bound by contract, but God our Creator and Redeemer.” ~ St. Mark the Ascetic.

“The believing man is not one who thinks that God can do all things, but one who trusts that he will obtain everything he needs.” ~ St. John Climacus.

“Faith is the wing of prayer, and without it my prayer will return to my bosom. Faith is the unshaken stance of the soul and is unmoved by any adversity.” ~ St. John Climacus

Orthodox hermits today

Hermits and anchorites in Romania today, very well worth watching on youtube:

Wisdom of the Hermits

Keeping the Commandments

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked.” ~ 1 John 2:3-6

“Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” ~ 1 John 3:21-22

Images of more garden decorations


































Sculpey rocks

To be placed along our garden path:

















































More images coming…

Garden of the Theotokos pictures































« Older entries