QOTD 6.9.19: Feast of Pentecost

“The aim of all those who live in God is to please our Lord Jesus Christ and become reconciled with God the Father through receiving the Holy Spirit, thus securing their salvation, for in this consists the salvation of every soul. If this aim and this activity is lacking, all other labour is useless and all other striving is in vain. Every path of life which does not lead to this is without profit.”

St. Simeon the New Theologian, “Writings from the Philokalia”

Wisdom from Saint Paul

“Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with who you were sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ.” ~St. Paul, Letter to the Ephesians, 4:29-32

Wisdom from Mother Angelica

“We don’t like to speak the truth about evil because we’re going to hurt somebody. Let me tell you, you are going to hurt somebody, but that somebody is God. If you would rather hurt God than your neighbor, there is something wrong with your spirituality. It’s your obligation to speak the truth and everyone can take it or leave it. But truth must be in us. We live in such poverty of the truth today.” ~Mother Angelica

And looking up toward heaven he groaned and said, “Effeta,” which means ‘be opened’.” And at once his ears were opened and the ligament of his tongue was loosened. … He looked up toward heaven and groaned to suggest to us, who had withdrawn from the joys of heaven through being gratified by earthly things, that our return to these joys must be accomplished by groaning and sighing. ~Saint Bede the Venerable  h/t Magnificat