“Where the fear of God is, there is no need for longevity or fate, on the contrary, if there is no fear of God, time is meaningless… If we threw a rusty container in the furnace of the fear of God, it would be purified in no time at all.” ~ St. John Chrysostom
#jonah #nineveh #repentance #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“If you have lost hope in yourself, the Lord has not lost hope in your salvation.
He has saved many and you are not more difficult than all of them. When grace works in you, there is no room for despair.
Enter into repentance with a courageous heart and do not belittle yourself.”
Pope Shenouda III
#Healingofparalytic #Bethesda #hope #salvation #repentance #fifthSundayofLent #Lent #fasting #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“True repentance is a human longing for the origin from which we were taken. It is the desire of a heart that strayed from God, and finally felt it could go no further away.”
H.H Pope Shenouda III
#ThereturnoftheProdigalSon #TheProdigalSon #repentance #OurFather #renewal #thirdSundayofLent #Lent #fasting #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“Hold me worthy, O Lord, to behold your mercy in my soul before I depart from this world; may I be aware in myself at that hour of your comfort, along with those who have gone forth from this world in good hope.
Open my heart, O my God, by your grace and purify me from any association with sin.
Tread out in my heart the path of repentance, my God and my Lord, my hope and my boast, my strong refuge, by whom may my eyes be illumined, and may I have understanding of your truth, O Lord.”
St Isaac the Syrian
#Godsmercy #comfort #salvation #repentance #praiseGod #Lent #fasting #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“As a spark falling into the wide sea would straightway be quenched, or would become invisible, being overwhelmed by the multitude of the waters, so also all human wickedness, when it falls into the pool of the divine fountain, is more swiftly and easily overwhelmed, and made invisible, than that spark.”
St John Chrysostom
#Mercy #Forgiveness #salvation #repentance #NewYear #NewBeginnings #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“I personally believe that John’s mystery can still be fulfilled up to this day: For man can believe in Jesus Christ, if he has John’s spirit and his strength in himself, so he prepares a perfect congregation to the Lord. Also if he has the toughness and goes through the narrow gate. Up till today, John’s Spirit and his strength precede the coming of the Lord Jesus.”
#Annunciation #StJohntheBaptist #Zechariah #ArchangelGabriel #Repentance #prepareyourhearts #Kiahk #SundayGospel #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
Being men, we sin everyday, but St Paul consoles us by saying ‘renew yourselves’ from day to day. This is what we do with houses, we are constantly repairing them as they break down. You should do the same thing to yourself – St John Chrysostom
#repentance #renewal #resistthedevil #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox #holybible #orthodoxy
“Repentance is the change of the inward heart’s direction and also the thought of all man’s potentialities… In other words, when man refuses iniquity and all what is foreign to God, he is then blessed with the heavenly Lord Himself, and all what he has of blessings, gifts that are satisfying.” ~ Fr Tadros Yacoub Malaty #repentance #heavenlykingdom #coptic #copticorthodox #dailyreadings
“Now no one is justified by the law, but redeemed by grace. He therefore calls not those who call themselves righteous, for the claimers to righteousness are not called to grace. For if grace is from repentance, surely he who despises repentance renounces grace.
But He calls those sinners, who considering their guilt, and feeling that they cannot be justified by the law, submit themselves by repentance to the grace of Christ.
But he who receives Christ into his inner chamber, is fed with the greatest delights of overflowing pleasures. The Lord therefore willingly enters, and reposes in his affection.”
St Ambrose of Milan
#thecallingofStMatthew #LevitoMatthew #donotjudge #repentance #Grace #Godcallseveryone #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“It often happens that Satan will insidiously commune with you in your heart and say: ‘Think of the evil you have done; your soul is full of lawlessness, you are weighed down by many grievous sins.’ Do not let him deceive you when he does this and do not be led to despair on the pretext that you are being humble. You should answer: ‘I have God’s assurance, for He says: “I desire, not the sinner’s death, but that he should return through repentance and live” (Ezek. 33:11).’ What was the purpose of His descent to earth except to save sinners, to bring light to those in darkness and life to the dead?”
St Macarius the Great
#hopeinsalvation #Christcametosavesinners #repentance #hope #fasting #Lent #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“Make the effort to rise from the ground. Remember the good Shepherd who will follow and rescue you…
Remember the mercies of God and how He cures you by pouring on oil and wine. Do not despair of salvation. Recall your memory of how it is written in the Scriptures, that he who has fallen rises, and he who turns away returns; the wounded one is healed, the prey of wild beasts escapes; he who confesses his sin is not rejected. The Lord does not desire the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn and live.”
St Basil the Great
#Prodigalson #repentance #Lent #Fasting #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9
“If a man is ill and he recognises his ailment, his healing will be easy. If he confesses his pain, he draws nigh its cure. The pangs of the unyielding heart will be multiplied, and the patient who resists his physician amplifies his torment. There is no unpardonable sin, save the unrepented one.”
St Isaac the Syrian
#repentance #confession #forgiveness #fastoftheNativity #Advent #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.” – Luke 7:47
“The Lord of humility sat in the haughty Pharisee’s house, called Simon. Inspite of being in Simon’s house, yet the Son of man had no where to lay His head in Simon’s heart (Luke 9:51)” – St. Augustine
#shelovedmuch #forgiveness #love #repentance #sinfulwoman #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
“Assuredly, I say to you, all sins will be forgiven the sons of men, and whatever blasphemies they may utter; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit never has forgiveness, but is subject to eternal condemnation” — because they said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
Indeed every sin and blasphemy are forgiven to mankind, not only what is said against the Son of Man. As long as there is no sin of unrepentant, which is addressed to the Holy Spirit, by whom the Church forgives all sins, all sins are otherwise forgiven.
#DailyReadings #CopticOrthodox #Sin #GodSaves #Repentance #Orthodox
“Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.” Luke 5:31,32
“To say that God turns away from the sinful is like saying that the sun hides itself from the blind.”
St Anthony the Great
#repentance #healing #dailyreadings #coptic #orthodox
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me. – Psalm 51:10 .
Be ashamed when you sin, don’t be ashamed when you repent [To repent means to have a change of heart and mind. It is not simply a feeling of sorrow ,but a psycho/spiritual growth away from evil/death and a turning to God/life]. Sin is the wound, repentance is the medicine. Sin is followed by shame; repentance is followed by boldness [Boldness means to beg God for undeserved mercy]. Satan has overturned this order and given boldness to sin and shame to repentance. – Saint John Chrysostom
#Coptic #Orthodox #HolySpirit #Repentance #Confession #Sin #CopticOrthodox #DailyReadings #HolySpirit