Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.





Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse

Tit. 1:15-2:10; Luke 20:19-26


Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s. This means that each gets what is his own. In our times, instead of “the things which be Caesar’s” we should say, “the things which are earthly.”
Also, earthly things have their turn, while Godly things have theirs.
But everyone has rushed toward earthly things alone, and they leave the Godly things behind.

Pray at all times and in all places



'Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit' (Eph 6:18)

Speaking of the necessity of prayer, the Apostle indicates here how we must pray in order to be heard. Pray, he says, 'with all prayer and supplication', in other words, very ardently, with pain n the heart and a burning striving towards God. And pray, he says, 'always', at any time; by this he urges us to pray persistently and indefatigably. Prayer must not be simply an occupation for a certain time, but a permanent state of the spirit.

Fighting the War Within Ourselves

Flee for refuge to the name

My brother, the passions are afflictions; and so the Lord does not excommunicate us because of them, but He says: "Call upon me in the time of affliction; and I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me" (Ps 49:15). Therefore, when beset by any kind of passion, there is nothing more useful than to call upon the name of God. All we can do, weak as we are, is to flee for refuge to the name of Jesus. For the passions, being demons, retreat if this name is invoked.

Ss. Barsanouphios and John

The Three Spiritual Giants

On faith and the fear of God

On faith and the fear of God

Without living faith and the fear of God it is impossible to live in a godly way. Living faith is inspired in the human heart by contemplation of the word of God and by the Holy Spirit. For this reason we should read and heed the word of God and pray that God Himself ignite the lamp of faith in our heart. The fear of God arises most often form contemplation of the omnipresence of God and Him omniscience.

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