During the time that I lived in Greece, I became familar with the monsasteries under Elder Symeon in Panorama, Thessaloniki, Greece. As a result, I have been collecting his quotes for many years and I realized that they would help many people to walk on the path of Christ.
Let us seek God and choose His love, even if we need to put ourselves into trouble. There can be no life in Christ without sacrifices.
Here is a chapter on prayer and the blessing of may it be blessed from Elder Symeon
Praying for the old man? I will be so bold as to say that, if you say “May it be blessed” continuously, this is higher than all else –than all else– even than the Jesus Prayer: don’t let this startle you. You know, to pray is not really very difficult. At the same time, however, it is.
The problem isn’t simply that we are sinners, or that the sin exists inside us.
Quote Elder Symeon: Spiritual Wisdom: Every Christian, on the one hand, ought not to rush and on the other, he ought to push himself forward. To rush is to run, to move on hurriedly before it’s good time in spiritual terms. Whereas to push on –“the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence”– is to oblige, to press, to force yourself to do God’s will. The other thing, rushing, is making haste to reach a point which you are still not ready to reach, before it’s due time.
Here are some quotes from the book Spiritual Wisdom by Elder Symeon Kragiopoulos.
The purpose of Christian life isn’t simply to make good people out of us. However good man may be, if he doesn’t unite with Christ, if Christ doesn’t come into him, if he isn’t transformed or changed by Christ, it’s no use. Elder Symeon
“Wherever the grace of the Archangels overshadows, thence the devil is banished”, says the doxastikon of the feast.