St. Paisios of Mount Athos Quotes, The Signs Of The Times


“We must help everyone with our prayer and not let the devil have his way with them. The devil has acquired rights. Not because God gave him permission, but because He doesn’t want to violate man’s free will. This is why we can help through prayer. When one is pained over the prevailing condition of the world and prays, then people can be helped, without violating free will. Pray with pain in your heart for the world. Do you know what great power such as prayer has?”

“The world today is burning and Monasticism is weakening, unraveling, losing it’s value. If the spirituality of monasticism goes, nothing remains. Much of the secular spirit has entered monasticism… monks must be monks, not worldly people. Now the young monks are guided by human reasoning and a worldly politeness; they are too careful not to lose their good name and so forth.”

“God loves everyone in the world. To each person He gave whatever is of benefit to him, stature, courage, beauty, intelligence, and so on. Whatever will be helpful, if utilized fully, for his salvation. Yet people are tormented, “Why am I like this, while he is like that?” We must rejoice in the way the Creator has made each one of us.”

“The most important thing is for man to grasp this most profound meaning of life, which is the salvation of the soul. It is to be prepared for our homeland, for Heaven, for paradise. We forget that all of us will leave this life. None of us are going to put down roots here. This present life is not meant for us to have a good time. On the contrary, it is meant for us to be tested and to pass over into the future, eternal life. Our goal must be to prepare ourselves so we can depart with our conscience at ease when God calls us close to Him.”

“When we become truly conscious of our sins, this is shown by a certain degree of improvement in our spiritual life.” – St. Paisios

“‘The devil made me do it. It’s Adam’s fault. It’s Eve’s fault.’ A theologian once told me, “Why should we suffer now because of Eve’s disobedience?” I told him, “My good man does that bother you or prevent you from being saved?” Why blame poor Adam or the unfortunate Eve? They made one mistake and were in Hell for a long time, while for us Christ has come and redeemed us all. And has reassured us of His forgiveness, not only seven times but seventy time seven!”

“A person’s face mirrors his soul. This is what Christ said, ‘the light of the body is the eye. If therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.’ If someone has simplicity, humility, there is divine enlightenment, and he shines. This is what a monk must achieve.”

“Again if we struggle aright, and do not see any progress, sometimes the following is happening: because we have declared war on a demon he seeks reinforcements from Satan. So if last year, we were struggling against one demon, this year we are struggling against fifty, next year will be even more, and so forth. God does not allow us to see this, so as we don’t become proud.”

“Can peace be achieved through sinful association? How can there be peace, when people are not reconciled with God? Only when man is reconciled with God can inward and outward peace come. But for us to be reconciled with God, we must first attain awareness, we must repent, we must live in accordance with God’s commandments, and then the Grace and peace of God will enter into us, enabling us to also help create peace around us.”

“When someone goes through life with faith, without doubt, and asks for God’s help, he will experience gradually in the beginning small events and later great ones and will become more faithful. Living the divine mysteries up close, he becomes a theologian, because he doesn’t comprehend them with his mind but actually lives them. His faith keeps growing, because he moves in another sphere, with divine events. But in order to live the mysteries of God, one must be divested of the old self, and, in a sense, return to the condition before the Fall.”

The Signs Of The Times:

“We may not go through an occupation like that of Hitler or Mussolini, but we will be tested for Christ. We won’t win by having machine guns or atomic bombs; this will be a spiritual war. We will do battle with the devil himself. But the devil has no authority over us that we ourselves don’t hand over to him. What then should we fear? It would be different if the enemy were a Hitler or a Mussolini. But now let no fear be in you. In fact, rejoice that the battle is a spiritual one.

The devil is at work everywhere! The number has been on credit cards for some time. Now it is on the fasteners! Many use the 666 as a trademark to sell more of their products. In other words, one 666 company will prefer another 666 company. It has been written that when the depiction of the snake biting it’s tail is published, this will mean that the Jews have taken control of the world. For now, they have put it on a few currency bills. The number 666 has already been a hit in China, in India!

Saint John the Evangelist knew what the devil was planning to do, just as the prophets foretold Christ would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver (Zechariah 11:1-13). Two thousand years ago he wrote in the book of Revelation that people would be marked with the number 666. For the Jews the number 666 is a symbol of economy. As mentioned in the Old Testament, the Israelites imposed a specific tax upon the people they conquered through various wars. The annual amount of the tax was 666 talents of gold (1 Kings 10:14, 2 Chronicles 9:13). Now to subdue the whole world, they are again imposing this taxation number, which is connected with their glorious past. That’s why they don’t want to replace it with another number…

Events are progressing accordingly. In America, marked dogs transmit a signal and can be located in no time at all wherever they might be. So they know where each dog is at. Dogs that do not have an identifying mark, and are found without an owner are killed by laser. Later they’ll start killing people too. Tons of fish have been marked and are being observed through satellites to study their migration patterns. And now a vaccine has been developed to combat a new disease, which will be obligatory and those taking it will be marked. Many people there are already marked with some sort of laser beam, on the forehead, on the arm. Later on, anyone who is not marked with the number 666 will not be able to either buy or sell, to get a loan, to get a job, and so forth. My thinking tells me that this is the system through which the Antichrist has chosen to take over the whole world, and people who are not part of this system won’t be able to find work and so on – whether black or white or red; in other words, everyone he will take over through an economic system that controls the global economy, and only those who have accepted the seal, the mark of the number 666, will be able to participate in business dealings.

But what will become of the people who are sealed! An expert was telling me that laser beams are harmful to people. People who are marked will attract the rays of the sun and suffer such harm that they will gnaw their tongues in pain (Revelation 16:10). Those who are not sealed will have a better fate than others, because Christ will help those who are not sealed. And this is no small matter. (Christ will help them) right then.

…Two years ago I spoke with a doctor from Toronto about this sealing and now he tells me that, according to a newspaper article he read, instead of an ID card, they will require some sort of impression in the hand (referring to palm scanning). Things are progressing, but we cannot exactly say that this or that will be done.

The ID card is not the seal; it is the introduction to the seal. When people ask you, it is better to advise them to consult with their Spiritual Fathers and to be patient until we see how the Church responds to this matter. Many ask questions, but few understand the answers… Some are concerned over the matter of the ID cards, while others are exploiting the issue in order to create problems. The Church must take a correct position. She must speak out and explain to the faithful so that they will understand that, if they accept the new ID, it will amount to a spiritual fall. The Church must also ask the State to not make the new ID cards obligatory. If the Church takes a serious position, and the State respects the freedom of choice of the faithful, then whoever wants can have a new ID card, and those who want to keep the old one can do so. In this case, the strong-willed who keep the old card will have to endure the abuse of many who will oppose them. Most people will just go about their business. Those who wish to be served will have the new cards, and the other poor people, the devout, will have the old identification card and will have to endure hardships.

Little by little, after the credit card and the ID card, that is, after the personal “record” of each person, they will proceed insidiously to the seal. Though various cunning means, they will compel people to accept the seal on the forehead or on the arm. They will force the issue and say, “You can only use the card, currency will be abolished.” Whoever does not have a card will not be able to buy or sell. On the other hand, they will begin promoting “the other more perfect system” by marking every person with the 666, using laser beams on the forehead or arm, will will not be visible on the outside…

They won’t torture people but anyone who is not sealed will simply not be able to live normally in society. They will again say, “Your troubles come from not being sealed; if you accept the seal, you will not have these difficulties.” If anyone has gold or dollars, he will not be able to use them… naturally these difficult times will be short, three to three and a half years. The time will be shortened for the sake of the elect. They will not realize how quickly the time will pass. God will not leave man without help.

Source: Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Spiritual Awakening Volume II.
Other Quotes: St. Isaac The Syrian Quotes


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