Do you desire long life? A word from Saint Gregory Palamas

“Given that we desire long life, should we not take eternal life into account? If we long for a kingdom which, however enduring, has an end, and glory and joy which, great as they are, will fade, and wealth that will perish with this present life, and we labour for the sake of such things; ought we not to seek the kingdom, glory, joy and riches which, as well as being all-surpassing, are unfading and endless, and ought we not to endure a little constraint in order to inherit it? Besides, we are presupposing a kingdom free from war, which is impossible on earth, and a life without sorrow, which you can only find in heaven. So let anyone who desires these things run towards heaven and, whether the way there be easy or difficult, let him journey along it, “rejoicing in hope” and “patient in tribulation”

Saint Gregory Palamas

The Homilies of Saint Gregory Palamas, Volume Two
Homily 22, page 8
Saint Tikhon’s Press

As Lent approaches, I may post other words from Saint Gregory…


The Saint Meme

I got tagged by Meg over at Muttonings

 The task is to name four of your favourite Saints, one who was well on the way to sanctity, is widely venerated already and very likely to be made a Saint in due course, and one who isn’t yet publicly declared a saint but probably should be made a Saint.

 It is hard to just pick FOUR of my favorite Saints, so I fudged a little 🙂 

The Optina Elders (especially Saints Ambrose, Macarius, Barsanuphius and Nektary)
Saint John the Wonderworker of San Francisco and Shanghai (Maximovich)
Saint Innocent, Apostle to North America
Saint Symeon the New Theologian and Saint Gregory Palamas
Saint Mary of Egypt

and many others 🙂

Will probably be declared a saint in due time:
Fr. Seraphim Rose

Should be recognized as a saint:
Elder Paisius of the Holy Mountain
Elder Cleopa (of Shastria)
Elder Sophrony (spiritual son of St. Silouan the Athonite)
Fr. Arseny