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Complaining vs. Gratitude

July 11, 2010 Length: 1:01

Elder Macarius of Optina on gratitude.

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I’m an inveterate complainer — the most minor problem can cause me to grouse for hours. But you know what? All of that complaining doesn’t make me any happier.

People like me need to remember these words from Elder Macarius of Optina:

None of your suffering has come by chance. Nothing can happen to us without our Lord’s consent; and His consent is not only wise but always dictated by His love of us. Carefully examine your conscience and your life, and I am sure you will understand what I mean. Sorrow weighs you down? Never mind. The grateful heart, humble and wise—the heart which has become grateful, humble, and wise—will be greatly consoled and blessed with serene joy.


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