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“The Apostle Paul declares, “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day” (vs. 16). This process of renewal continues unabated inside us, because we are united to Christ. Even in our worn and sinful hearts can undergo wonderful, renewing change. However, we must cooperate with the Holy Spirit. We must stop looking “at the things which are seen, but [rather look steadily] at the things which are not seen” (2 Cor 4:18). Then our “light affliction, which is but for a moment” (vs. 17) may actually work to our secret advantage, achieving “a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory” (vs. 17). This process by which “the inward man is being renewed day by day” (vs. 16) is the essence of our life in Christ.” Yes, we find that living in this spiritual manner requires a demanding balancing act. We are asked to trust God, even as we struggle with temptations and assaults from every side.” (Dynamis 8/10/2018)

“We are not leading a Christian life so long as we are careless in our spiritual life, so long as we do not distinguish good from evil and passively hand ourselves over to our desires and inclinations…We must see ourselves as being in need of renewal….Only when we become acutely aware of our inadequacy, condemn ourselves and seek renewal—only then do we begin Christian life.” (V. Rev. Sergius Chetverikov, Bishop Joseph)

“…there are only two possible paths for humanity as a whole and for each of us as individuals. We must choose the path of renewal or the path of decay.” (Joseph Pearce)

“...daily we give our hearts over to things that aren’t satisfying or renewing. Daily we make choices that draw us away from our deepest passions and desires. Each time we choose to not sit for our time of morning silence, each time we choose to numb ourselves on endless hours of television, each time we choose to withdraw from the ones we love most, each time we eat food that isn’t really nourishing to our body or to our senses—these are all ways we give ourselves over to that which doesn’t satisfy.” (Christine Valters Paintner)

“You have heard it said that Jesus Christ makes all things news. According to St. Paul “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old is passed away, behold, the new has come,” (II Cor. Chapter 5 Vs. 18). Renewal is not simply making something appear as new...That is not renewal in the Christian sense. Renewal is to take something old and worn and weighted down by sin and corruptibility and by the exerting of the Divine Will to recreate it anew so that that which had made it old no longer exists in its character…the human being who is committed to Christ Who, by His Divine Will makes all things new, that creature becomes a new recreated person. That newness in Christ means the total expunging of all that was the old so that one may start again as a new person. Our record is washed clean. All of our sins are wiped away from the slate of our life and we are given a new start.” (Fr. James C. Meena)

"The fourth commandment, regardless of whether I dedicate Saturday or Sunday to the Lord, reminds me of an increasingly difficult discipline. And that is the discipline of finding the proper time (and place) for work and rest. It is increasingly difficult because of the 24/ 7 culture of the Internet, which has been called “a culture of disruption.” My schedule is easily disrupted by the constant and chaotic flow of information and communication, which is always “on,” as long as I am “connected” to everyone and everywhere online." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“In an age in which people obsessively shift back and forth from work to working at making recreation, we are in jeopardy of forgetting the value of unplanned leisure and spontaneous play.” (Vigen Guroian)

“I read somewhere that God made the day twenty four hours long—eight hours to work, eight hours to rest, and eight hours for family, house, relaxation, hobbies, exercise, and spirituality. We’ve tinkered with that formula so that now many people work more than eight hours, sleep much less than eight hours and family time, relaxation, exercise, hobbies, and spirituality are getting squeezed out. God also “commanded” us to remember the Sabbath, to have a day of rest, to worship and to be with our families. It is one of the Ten Commandments. Again, we have tinkered with that as well, which no doubt has contributed to the continued decline of the family unit, and increase in personal stress.” (Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)