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The pleasure passes, what remains?

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Brother, if you commit a sin and take pleasure in it, the pleasure passes but the sin remains. But if you do something virtuous even though you are tired, the tiredness passes but the virtue remains. ~ Camillus de Lellis

Sufferings for our greater good…

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We know that all things work for good for those who love God…. God sometimes permits certain types of hardships and sufferings in order to draw out a greater good ~ Thomas Aquinas (Commentary on  2 Chr.)

Praying for those who wrong us…

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Lay bare your wounds…

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Lay bare your wound to the healer. Only through shame can you be freed from shame. Tell him, and do not be ashamed. ‘This is my wound, Father; this is my injury. It happened because of my negligence and not from any other cause…’ He who exposes every serpent shows the reality of his faith, while he who hides them… Read more »

Lead by example… not control.

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One critical thing Jesus taught was that controlling the world is not just impossible but inherently sinful. Our task as Christians is to control no one but ourselves and to love all. Our main weapon must always be example, not control. ~ Fr. Anatoly

Bad guys don’t exist…

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“In reality, bad guys and good guys don’t exist… each of us, no matter how good, is fallen, and each of us, no matter how evil, is as beloved as the prodigal son.” ~ Frederica Mathewes-Green The Illumined Heart (Page 82)

Pass no judgment

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“Fire and water do not mix, neither can you mix judgment of others with the desire to repent. If a man commits a sin before you at the very moment of his death, pass no judgment, because the judgment of God is hidden from men. It has happened that men have sinned greatly in the open but have done greater… Read more »

We must give up our bad habits…

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“To deny oneself means to give up one’s bad habits; to root out of the heart all that ties us to the world; not to cherish bad thoughts or desires; to suppress every evil thought; not to desire to do anything out of self love, but to do everything out of love for God.” + St. Innocent of Alaska

What we suffer

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We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer. – Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and Papers from Prison

Do not be discouraged by our faults

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