After my death our beloved Church abroad will break three ways ... first the Greeks will leave us as they were never a part of us ... then those who live for this world and its glory will go to Moscow ... what will remain will be those souls faithful to Christ and His Church. ~St. Philaret of NY


from the Counsels of Starets Parfeny

• The reading of the Psalter calms the passions, and the reading of the Gospel consumes the tares of our sins; for the word of God is consuming fire.  Once for forty days I read the Gospel for the salvation of a benefactor of mine and I saw in my sleep a field covered by tares.  Suddenly there fell down fire from the heavens consumed the tares that covered the field, and the field remained clean.  Puzzling over this vision, I heard a voice: the tares covering the field are the sins of the soul that benefited you; the fire that consumed them is the Word of God which you read for it.

complete article in Orthodox Life magazine

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