the Lord will send understanding


"In general, all the books and writings of the Holy Fathers and true teachers of the Church about spiritual life, especially writings about prayer, must be read with extreme caution, unhurredly, penetrating into each saying, each word, according to the strength of one's mind, so as not to let
anything necessary slip by, so as not to give oneself occasion for an incorrect, arbitrary understanding and interpretation of what is read. Spiritual life and the work of prayer have their own laws, their own consistency. One has to study and understand them, to assimilate them in one's mind and heart.

Arbitrariness and understanding things on your own must have no place here: they lead you astray. A deviation or inaccuracy that appears outwardly small can sometimes lead to great errors and mistakes, having bitter fruits and results. If something seems incomprehensible or unclear, you should ask someone who knows, if you have such a person. If you do not, then let this remain incomprehensible for the time being. Do not try to understand it with your own mind. At the proper time the Lord will send understanding," + St Nikon of Optina

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"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honoring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshiping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honoring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration. This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world."
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