Already in Paradise

It is not the clever, the noble, the polished speakers, or the rich who win, but whoever is insulted and forbears, whoever is wronged and forgives, whoever is slandered and endures, whoever becomes a sponge and mops up whatever they might say to him. Such a person is cleansed and polished even more. He reaches great heights. He delights in the theoria of mysteries. And finally, it is he who is already inside paradise, while still in this life.

– Elder Joseph the Hesychast

Thanks to Simply Orthodox

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One response to “Already in Paradise

  1. Hi there, I’ve just tagged you on a book recommendation meme. It looks to me like you’ve read plenty, so perhaps you could share some of your wisdom with the blogosphere. Ave Maria, Anthony

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