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Leda Aynedjian OFS
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May the holy cross of Christ remain ever planted in our heart! May our mind be grafted on this tree of life, and may it produce worthy fruits of penance, through the merits of the death of the true Author of life ! * Your cross is indeed great! Thanks to our only Good, Who holds you on the cross ! O beloved cross ! O holy cross, tree of life, whence springs eternal life, I salute thee, I embrace thee, I press thee to my heart ! Ah ! these are the sentiments which ought to animate us in our trials. Courage, then ! courage! Under so heavy a weight human nature will waver, it is true; but the soul will taste a sweet peace in the bosom of God. Do not consider the magnitude of your trials ; contemplate rather Jesus, your crucified Love, the King of sorrows and of anguish. If you do this, all your sufferings will be flavored with sweetness.

St. Paul of the Cross
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'The only place where modern man does not like to visit - is himself. He cannot hear the silence, he does not want to hear the voice of his conscience. But without knowing yourself you can not know God. Modern man lives in a shadowy world of TV, the media, the Internet, but the greatest reality in the world is the human soul. Inside we can open up the kingdom of heaven, in our heart God wants to be born!”

[Bishop Panteleimon (Shatov)-21st Century Russian Hierarch]
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“Silence and prayer are not a form of defection. They are the strongest weapons against evil. Man wants to “do”, but above all else he must “be”. In silent prayer, man is fully human. He resembles David before Goliath. For prayer is the noblest, most sublime, and most vigorous act, which elevates man to the level of God.

Prayer is offering oneself to God like the fragrance of incense that ascends to God’s Throne to disappear in him. God also gives himself to those who give themselves to him. I know that, in the silent depths of my heart, I can come just as intimately close to God, whatever the circumstances may be or whatever sufferings evil may impose on me.

Silence is not a form of passivity. By remaining silent, man can avoid a greater evil. It is not an earthly dereliction of duty to place your trust in heaven.

In trying to control everything and to place everything under the banner of rebellion, a man runs the risk of leaving nothing up to God. He finds himself alone, faced with his own limits and helplessness. Now man without God is lost. Without faith lived out in confident silence, he turns away from his God and Redeemer.

The combat against evil plays out over time, and it is important to persevere and not to lose hope. God is fashioning hearts, and evil never has the last word. In the darkest night, God works in silence. We have to enter into God’s time and into this great silence that is a silence of love, trust, and active abandonment. Let us never forget that silent prayer is the strongest and surest act in the struggle against evil.

Love alone is capable of putting out the flames of injustice, because God is love. Loving God is everything. All the rest has not the slightest value to the extent that it is not transformed and elevated by Christ’s love. The choice is simple: God or nothing. . ."

Excerpt From: Diat, Nicolas; Sarah, Robert Cardinal. “The Power Of Silence.”
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