The Holy and Great Monastery of Vatopedi – The Orthodox Monastic Republic of Mount Athos- 20/2/17
It is very easy to lead the world.
First, one needs to lead the nation, which is a much easier thing.
In order to rule the nation, one needs to lead one’s family, which it should be even easier.
But ultimately, only one thing is really needed: to lead and rule over one’s self; to repress one’s passions and sins.
This, believe it or not, is impossible for a human being. Only God can achieve it.
One needs a lot of prayer, patience, repentance and the simplicity of hope.
Based on St. Mark the Ascetic.
In this photo two friends share a heartfelt moment: one of them is waiting for the other one to write down some names for prayer.