Teologinen sitaattiketju

Vanhalla foorumilla oli teologinen sitaattiketju. Tykkäsin siitä, vaikka se ei kovin suosituksi muodostunutkaan. Mutta aina joskus ihmiset postailivat kiinnostavia sitaatteja lukemistaan kirjoista, ajatelmia pyhiltä ymv.

The saints were people like all of us. Many of them came out of great sins, but by repentance they attained the Kingdom of Heaven. And everyone who comes there comes through repentance, which the merciful Lord has given us through His sufferings.

St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XII.10.

Vanhan foorumin ketjussa sinulla oli hienoja sitaatteja, mutta ehkä niistä olisi useammalle hyötyä, jos ne olisivat suomeksi. Minua ei englanti haittaa, mutta monille sen lukeminen ei ole niin helppoa.

Pyhä Dimitri, Rostovin metropoliitta (+ 1709): “Mikä on kuolema? – Se on täydellinen vieraantuminen Jumalasta. Mikä on elämä? – Se on täydellinen yhtyminen Jumalaan.”

As God illumines all people equally with the light of the sun, so do those who desire to imitate God let shine an equal ray of love on all people. For wherever love disappears, hatred immediately appears in its place. And if God is love, then hatred is the devil. Therefore as one who has love has God within himself, so he who has hatred within himself nurtures the devil within himself.

St. Basil the Great


When your intellect is concentrated on the love of God you will pay little attention to visible things and will regard even your own body as something alien. ~St. Maximos the Confessor


Nothing is so destitute as a mind philosophizing about God when it is without Him. ~St. Diadochos of Photiki


When the intellect was deadened by the breaking of the commandment, the death of the body was a necessary consequence. ~St. Thalassios the Libyan



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Kiitos tästä! (Merkkien kun pitää tulla täyteen, niin sanon vielä vahvistukseksi: Amen!)

Roomalais-katolilainen Don Colacho (oik. Nicolás Gómez Dávila) on yksi suosikkiaforistikkojani. Muutamia helmiä häneltä:

[details=Don Colachon aforismejä]> Triviality is the price of communication.

Conquering a fool humiliates us.

The communist’s temptation is spiritual freedom.

We should not conclude that everything is permitted, if God does not exist, but that nothing matters. Permission ends up being laughable when what is permitted loses its meaning.

The greatest modern error is not to proclaim that God died, but to believe that the devil has died.

The individual today rebels against immutable human nature so that he might refrain from amending his own correctable nature.

Nobody is innocent of what he does, or what he believes.

In order to challenge God, man puffs up his emptiness.

Good will is the panacea of the foolish.

The intelligent man’s unjust judgements tend to be truths wrapped up in a bad mood.

Prejudices defend against stupid ideas.

There are two kinds of men: those who believe in original sin and idiots.

Those who refuse to absolve the sinner end up absolving the sin.

There is no spiritual victory which need not be won anew each day.

The imbecile does not discover the radical misery of our condition except when he is sick, poor, or old.

The Bible is not the voice of God, but of the man who encounters Him.

Intelligent discussion should be limited to clarifying differences.

That Christianity may not solve social problems is no reason to commit apostasy except for those who forget that it never promised to solve them.

An atheist is respectable as long as he does not teach that the dignity of man is the basis of ethics and that love for humanity is the true religion.[/details]

Täällä niitä on enemmänkin.

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On vaikeampi rakastaa Jumalaa kuin uskoa häneen. Sitävastoin tämän vuosisadan ihmisten on vaikeampi uskoa Paholaiseen kuin rakastaa häntä.

(Charles Baudelaire, luonnoksesta “Pahan kukkien” esipuheeksi, “Modernin elämän maalari ja muita kirjoituksia”, s.243)

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Eilen oli pyhän Gregorios Palamaksen muistopäivä. Hän kirjoittaa:

”On olemassa kolmenlaisia teologeja. Ensiksi ovat ne, joilla on suora kokemus elävän Jumalan jumalallisista energioista, tällä tarkoitetaan pyhiä ihmisiä; ja he ovat ainoat todelliset teologit. Toiseksi ovat ne, joilla ei ole tätä suoraa Jumalan kokemusta, mutta jotka kuitenkin luottavat pyhiin ihmisiin; myös he voivat olla aitoja teologeja, mikäli he pysyvät uskollisina pyhien isien todistukselle. Sitten kolmanneksi ovat ne, joilla ei ole henkilökohtaista kokemusta ja jotka eivät luota pyhiin ihmisiin; he ovat huonoja teologeja.”

Pyhä Gregorios Palamas

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Siltä varalta, että kuva häipyy netistä, kopioin sitaatin tähän:

"Enter into the Church and wash away your sins.
For there is a hospital for sinners and not a court of law." ~St. John Chrysostom

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If [the disease of sin] is natural, then it cannot be cured. Thus it would remain always, no matter how hard you worked to rid yourself of it. If you accept this thought, you will lose heart, and say to yourself: this is how it is. For this is that woeful despair, which, once it has been introduced into people, they have given themselves over to lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness (Ephesians 4: 19).
I shall repeat again: Maintain the conviction that our disorderliness is not natural to us, and do not listen to those who say, ‘It is no use talking about it, because that is just how we are made, and you cannot do anything about it.’ That is not how we are made, and if we undertake to cure ourselves, then we will be able to do something about it.

~St. Theophan the Recluse


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Since it is impossible to be saved unless we perform our works in accordance with the commandment of God, and since we disregard none of the commandments without peril – for it is a terrible arrogance to set ourselves up as the critics of our Lawgiver, now approving some of his laws, now dismissing others - let us who are combatants for piety and who esteem the life of tranquility and freedom from affairs as our collaborator in the keeping of the Gospel decrees, set before ourselves a common mind and purpose: that not so much of a single one of the commandments escape us. For if the man of God must be perfect - as it is written and as our earlier discourse on these matters has shown - it is entirely necessary that he be pruned. (cf. John 15:1) by every one of the commandments unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13); for according to the divine law a beast with a blemish even though clean, was unacceptable as a sacrifice to God (cf. Lev. 21. 19-20).

St. Basil the Great

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Every good work which we perform through our own natural powers causes us to refrain from the corresponding sin; but without grace it cannot contribute to our sanctification.

St. Mark the Ascetic

Siinä on esitetty tiiviisti ihmisen parantumiseen, pelastumiseen ja pyhittymiseen tähtäävä synergia!

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“Jumala, sinä olet luonut meidät yhteyteesi ja sydämemme on levoton kunnes se löytää levon sinussa”. Pyhä Augustinus Hippolainen

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Struggle with all your power to gain Paradise. And do not listen to those who say that everyone will be saved. This is trap of Satan so that we won’t struggle.

Saint Paisios the Athonite
(1924 - 1994)

Suomeksi: “Kilvoittele kaikilla voimillasi saavuttaaksesi Paratiisin. Äläkä kuuntele niitä, jotka sanovat, että kaikki pelastuvat. Se on Saatanan ansa jotta emme kilvoittelisi.”