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Faith Of Our Fathers Series


The Holy Fathers on...HOLINESS


But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of living.  (I Peter 1:15) 

Holiness is the fruit of man's efforts and the gift of the Holy Spirit. -- Archbishop John

Holiness, my brethren, is the virtue that encompasses all the other virtues. A saint, a mere man, is adorned through it with all the virtues. If a man is a man of prayer and is not compassionate, he cannot be called a saint, and if a man endures all things but has not faith and hope, he does not belong among the saints. If a man is full of compassion but is without faith in God, truly such a man cannot be reckoned among the saints....A saint cannot be a saint only in one part of his life, but must be so in the whole of it. We must be holy in every part and particle of our lives, so that we may be counted among the saints, among the people who are conformed to the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prototype of the saints and the Primal Image of man. Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich


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