November 11, 2012
Only if you choose to – St. John Chrysostom
Our aim is not just to relieve you only from your grief, but to fill you with permanent and continuous joy, something which is not unattainable, if you want it. Because, in order for someone to feel joym it does not depend on physical laws, which no one can negate or change, but from the free choice of man, which easily changes… I again state that joy and contentment are not the natural result of the essence of things… Because of this my sister, do not let sadness bring you under, but, sit upright, help our words, give us your precious alliance, in order for us to totally free you from the captivity of the bitter thoughts of melancholy which beset you. If you do not want to take action on this matter with willingness and zeal, as we have, our effrots in healing you will not bring on outcome.
Letter to Olymriada (3,a)