Category Archives: St. Nikolai Velimirovich

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: If your heart has been softened . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“If your heart has been softened either by repentance before God or by learning the boundless love of God towards you, do not be proud with those whose hearts are still hard. Remember how long your heart was hard and incorrigible. Seven brothers were ill in one hospital. One recovered from his illness and got up and rushed to serve his other brothers with brotherly love, to speed their recovery. Be like this brother. Consider all men to be your brothers, and sick brothers at that. And if you come to feel that God has given you better health than others, know that it is given through mercy, so in health you may serve your frailer brothers.”

— St Nikolai Velimirovich, Prologue, 31 March

St. Nikolai Velimirovic: In the man who only theorizes about faith . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“In the man who only theorizes about faith, there is a great deal of room for the demon. But in the man who gives himself to sincere prayer and fasting, there is only the narrowest space for the demon, and he must flee from such a man.”

— St. Nikolai Velimirovic

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: Either we are fools for the world . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“Either we are fools for the world because of Christ or we are fools for Christ because of the world. O how short-lived is the sound of a word of the world! If the world would say to us ‘fool,’ the world will die and its word will die! What then is the value of its word? But if the heavenly, immortal ones say to us ‘fool,’ that will neither die nor is it removed from us as eternal condemnation.”

— St. Nikolai Velimirovich

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: God and the devil are found . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“God and the devil are found at opposite poles. No one can turn his face to God who has not first turned his back on sin. When a man turns his face to God, all of his paths lead to God. When a man turns his face away from God, all of his paths lead to perdition. When a man finally rejects God by word and in his heart, he is no longer fit to do anything that does not serve for his complete destruction, both of his soul and of his body.”

+ St. Nikolai Velimirovich, Thoughts on Good and Evil

St. Nikolai Velimirovich: Just as people do not enter a war . . .

Icon of St. Nikolai Velimirovich“Just as people do not enter a war in order to enjoy war, but in order to be saved from war, so we do not enter this world in order to enjoy this world, but in order to be saved from it. People go to was for the sake of something greater than war. So we also enter this temporal life for the sake of something greater: for eternal life. And as soldiers think with joy about returning home, so also Christians constantly remember the end of their lives and their return to their heavenly fatherland.”

–St. Nikolai Velimirovich, Thoughts on Good and Evil