"For our own good, our own happiness, let us at least give ourselves a promise that from this day, from this hour, from this minute, we will now try to love God most of all and to fulfill His holy will!" - St Herman of Alaska
"For the fervor in keeping the memory of this God-pleaser, the Lord generously rewarded us, sinful people, who had filled the church on the day of his glorification..." - Archimandrite Cyprian (Pizhov)
"We must more often and in greater measure keep closed the 'windows of the soul,' as the Holy Fathers called our sensory organs: sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch. We need to train ourselves, to force ourselves not to look, not to listen, taste, smell or touch just anything and everything."
"One who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ and conforms himself to His divine teaching becomes truly free, that is, he is delivered from the power of sin, ceases to be a slave of the devil, and becomes a child of God."
"The horror of man's predicament lies in the derangement that has afflicted his mind. It seems to him that he is doing everything himself, that he is acting completely independently, but in reality he is doing only the will of his lord, the devil."
"What then is the true criterion of an authentic and wholly spiritual love for God? It is given to us in the Gospel. God clearly said, If you love Me, keep My commandments (John 14:15). He who does not love Me does not keep My words (John 14:24). Clear and simple."