Here I copy a few apophtegms of Elder Amphilochios that I liked best; you can find more at My Greek Odyssey, along with a biographical note about the elder.

 

Christ often comes and knocks at your door and you invite him to sit in the living-room of your soul. Then, absorbed in your own business you forget the Great Visitor. He waits for you to appear and when you are too long in returning, he gets up and leaves. At other times, you are so busy that you answer him from the window. You don’t even have time to open the door.

You are royalty, destined for the heavenly bridal chamber.

When you see a person who is spiritually tired do not burden him any further, because his knees won’t be able to bear it.

Love the One, so that even wild beasts will love you.

When a person lacks inner warmth, he will be frozen and cold, even in summer.

Please put this commandment into practice. Cultivate love towards the Person of Christ to such an extent that, when you pronounce His name, tears fall from your eyes. Your heart must really burn. Then He will become your teacher. He will be your Guide, your Brother, your Father, and your Elder.

Love your Bridegroom Christ with all your heart and then everyone will love you and take care of you.

Because of widespread corruption, people cannot understand that spiritual love exists.

Worldly people tire you, because whatever is stored up inside them comes at you like waves of electricity. We must be people of grace so much so that whoever comes to us may find rest.

Let us look upon everyone as our superiors, however weak they may appear. Let us not be harsh, but always bear in mind that the other person also has the same destination as us.

Question: “Elder, how must we picture Christ?” Answer: “We must always bring Christ to mind with love. We could be holding the photograph of someone in our hands, but since we do not know him, we do not love him, we are not moved. Whereas, when we pick up a photograph of our mother, our soul immediately leaps and cries out with love.

Self-denial must be cultivated with discernment, otherwise we reach the point of suicide.

We are on the high seas of life, sometimes there are storms and at other times calm. God’s grace does not leave us. Else, we would have sunk, if he had not held us up.

The saints always look to the other life. It is the grace of the remembrance of death.

God guards us from temptation. He does not allow us to be tempted beyond our strength. He allows everything for our good.

Leave all your concerns to the hands of God. Ask for whatever you want, like a child asking from its father.

Our deeds, dear sister, will not save us; God’s infinite mercy will.

Everything seems dark and difficult to a person without Christ.

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