“Holy ascesis, together with its great self-denial, which is born from great faith in a burst of love for God, brings man to true joy…”

by Protecting Veil

Holy ascesis, together with its great self-denial, which is born from great faith in a burst of love for God, brings man to true joy. He is happy to live, for his heart flutters, glorifying his God of benefactions. He is also happy to die, for he thus goes close to God again, and will continue there his doxology.

– Elder Paisios (Eznepidis) the Athonite (1924-1994)

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