Striving to Rejoice in God

“Strive by every means constantly to rejoice the Heavenly Father by your life; that is, by your

meekness, humility,

gentleness, obedience,

abstinence, right judgment,

love of peace, patience, mercy, 

sincere friendship with worthy people,

kindness to everybody,

cordial hospitality,

universal benevolence,

accuracy in business,

simplicity of heart and character,

and by the purity of all your thoughts.

Teach and strengthen us, O God, to live in accordance with Your Will, for You are our Father, and we are Your children in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

(St. John of Kronstadt, My Life in Christ, pp 243-244)

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