It is very good to read the prayer of the Optina elders. I recommend it to many now.
Our disfigured world hurts us from time to time. But we should always rise from our knees, crawl and get up with all our might. The spirit must be awake.
It is necessary (before it is too late) to learn not only to believe, but also to trust and learn; not only to be called, but also to be.
The Lord says that it is not sorrows themselves that are terrible for a person, but the harm that they can cause to a relaxed and careless soul.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill
In Church Tradition, which goes back to deep antiquity, to the second to third centuries, the great mystery of the Theotokos’s ascent to Heaven in her most pure flesh was included in her veneration.
This is how St. Paisios the Hagiorite characterizes this phenomenon: “We want to sin and want to have a good God Who should forgive us, while we sin.”
The temptation of having the right to hate somebody is destructive.