To create hope
How is it possible that you don’t love God? These are thoughts of the devil. Be quiet! What do you mean you don’t believe? Who brought you into this world? Why do you listen to what the enemy says? And why will you not be saved? No, my dear, stop it – with the help of the Mother of God, we will be saved. Because if we were able to accomplish everything on our own, we’d become prideful and would be even worse: “I have mental prayer, I give alms…” But if you see that you can’t do it, then you humble yourself more. The power of God is perfected in weakness (II Cor. 12:9). Do everything that depends on you. Pray more, confess more, go to church more often, partake of Holy Communion more often… And do not be afraid, because you will not go to hell. Fast until you are hungry. Read a spiritual book. Always say the Jesus Prayer and don’t forget the Mother of God. Let us from now on make a good beginning. We live with hope in the life beyond the grave.
-Elder Paisius of Sihastria & Sihla