Words from the Optina Elders

 

   
  There never was and never will be a place on earth free from sorrows. The only sorrowless place possible is the heart, when the Lord is present there.

 -St. Nikon of Optina

  Despair is a mortal sin. Flee from it! And believe in the Merciful God, and our Mediatrix, the Mother of God and the saints. They can do all things. But it is absolutely necessary to humble oneself and be patient.  

-St. Anatoly of Optina

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