Reaching toward God

“We should live on the earth as a wheel turns – as one point touches the earth, all the rest reaches upward; but we lie on the earth and cannot get up.”

~St. Ambrose of Optina


Life in the World

“A life lived in the world can be as good, in the eyes of God, as one spent in a monastery. It is indeed only the keeping of God’s commandments, love of all, and a true sense of humility that matter, wherever we are.”~Elder Macarius of Optina
“A man of the world who endures tribulation in worldly affairs in this life is superior to the monk who suffers hardships and dwells with worldly men. Dreadful to the demons and greatly beloved of God and His angels is the man who with ardent zeal uproots from his heart the assaults sown by the enemy.” St. Isaac the Syrian

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” ~ Romans 12:2