On Examining Yourself Each Day- By: St. Moses of Optina

St. Moses (Putilov) of Optina

Should you exercise mercy toward another, you will receive mercy for it. Should you pray, even a little, from the heart for salvation, you will be saved. Should you accuse and condemn yourself before God for the sins on your conscience, you will be justified for doing so. Should you be sorrowful over your sins, or be moved, or shed a tear, or sigh, your sighing will not be hidden from Him. St. Simeon tells us,“Nothing is hidden from Thee, my God, my Creator, my Redeemer, neither a teardrop, nor a part of a drop.” St. John Chrysostom states, “If you only lament over your sins, He will take it as a reason for your salvation.” Each day examine yourself: What have you sown for the age to come: wheat or weeds? Having tested yourself, arrange to become better the next day, and spend the rest of your life in that manner. In the event that you spent today badly, did not honestly pray to God, did not feel even once contrition in your heart, did not become humble in thought, gave no alms and did no act of charity, but instead did not refrain from anger, from words, from food and drink, or if you sank your mind in unclean thoughts, honestly examine all of this, condemn yourself for it, and firmly resolve that tomorrow you will be more careful to do good and to avoid evil.



2 Responses to “On Examining Yourself Each Day- By: St. Moses of Optina”

  1. 1 TheraP June 18, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    I have been coming back and back and rereading this for a couple of weeks now. And I’ve finally copied it out for myself.

    Thank you for posting this. I find it very helpful, very hopeful.

  2. 2 Mary June 18, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Hi TheraP,

    Whenever I come across such quotes, I like to share it by posting it on my blog, in hopes of it being helpful and hopeful to others.
    I’m glad to know you liked this quote from St. Moses of Optina and that it was helpful to you. 🙂

    God Bless.


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