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"Throughout this period, at every service in Great Lent, we say the prayer of Saint Ephraim the Syrian ("O Lord and Master of my life…."), With these words, the saint wishes to make us understand very clearly, that, apart from other virtues we need to take special care with the last case, that of self-censure and of criticism of our bothers and that without love for our fellow human beings there's no chance of making even the slightest progress towards our spiritual purification. If we don't pay attention to our thoughts, our words and our heart, there's no benefit in fasting."
Since God is continuously present, why do you worry? For in Him we live and move. We are carried in His arms. We breathe God; we are vested with God; we touch God; we consume God in Mystery. Wherever you turn, wherever you look, God is everywhere: in the heavens, on the earth, in the abysses, in the trees, within the rocks, in your nous, in your heart. So can't He see that you are suffering, that you are going through tribulations? Tell Him your grievances and you will see consolation, you will see healing which will heal not only the body, but even more so the passions of you soul.
Monastic Wisdom - The Letters of Elder Joseph the Hesychast
"Do you know what it is for your tongue to have dried up from thirst, to have a little spring next to you and yet not approach it to be refreshed, but instead settle for swampy waters? do you know what it is to tremble from cold, for the fire to be next to you and for you not to extends your hands to get warm? Miserable people!" (Counsels for Life, by Fr. Epiphanios)
For indeed we are so, when we do not see the truth and still look for surrogates. When we get so busy with all the cares of life, but forget about true prayer and God.
"Our Orthodoxy is the Church just as it came out of the hands of Christ and just as the holy Apostles handed it down to us: undefiled, unadulterated, virginal. Orthodoxy is the pure, Apostolic Christianity."