• Michael Haldas

Guarding Ourselves

“The fact is that no one knows the day or the hour when our souls will be required of us. That’s why feeding the soul on a daily basis, safeguarding it, protecting it, and cleansing it, has to be part of our daily life.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)

“…all kinds of influences will shape us if we don’t guard our hearts…Do whatever your soul desires according to God, and guard your heart.” (Father Barnabas Powell, St. Nistheros the Great)

“Our task in prayer is to unite the intellect and the heart, to find the place of the heart and draw the intellect down into it. There, when the heart has been found and the intellect is devoted to guarding it, true prayer, the prayer of the heart, becomes possible.” (Albert S. Rossi)

“The centrality of Christ and our personal relationship with Him must be guarded against any intrusion of idols…By guarding our thoughts, we can give quietness to our hearts and make them dwellings for God Himself.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“What we face daily is spiritual warfare…Righteousness is the best guardian of the heart, which is why Saint Paul speaks of it as a breastplate. If we do not vacillate to the left or right, but hold solidly to what is good and just, then our thinking and acting will cope with every distortion and attractive delusion….The hardest part of the life in Christ is trusting God in all circumstances…This kind of faith shields against any assault on heart and mind.” (Dynamis 12/8/2012)

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