Pope Shenouda Quotes

“In heaven, God will not ask is why we sinned; He will ask us why we didn’t repent.”

“I am not with you right now, but you are in my heart always.”

“Prayer is a tie, a relationship between man and God. Therefore, it is not just talk, it is a heart connected to a heart.

“Prayer is a feeling of being in the presence of God. It is a partnership with the Holy Spirit and unity with God.”

“Sometimes, a holy anger happens for God’s sake, but it does not have nervousness and loss of temper, it is a holy zeal.”

“If you are faithful in rejecting wilful sins, God will deliver you from unwillful sins.”

“If you are faithful in not judging others by words, God will enable you not to judge by thoughts, which is more difficult.”

“Praise others and make them aware of your appreciation. Make them feel that you know their good deeds and admire them.”

“Respect others and treat everyone politely, not only the elders or those you are obliged to regard, but also the young and those who are younger and lower in grade than you. ”

“The disciples rejoiced when they saw the (risen) Lord and their joy became a way of life for them and Christians after them.”

“The first transfiguration of our nature is that God created us in his own image and likeness. ”

“Many of our brothers were lost because nobody visited them or by the time they were visited, it was too late.”

“The spiritual person questions himself before he is questioned by God: What has he done for all those people whom he knew? Is there anyone among those whom he does not know, who needs his help; he ought to know them and offer his services. ”

“He who is led by the truth will be pleased with its leadership and nourishment and lives by it.”

“In all man’s acts, it is not enough that the aim has to be holy, but also the means must be sound. Very often, man errs and fails because his means are wrong.”

“God gave you your soul to be responsible for it before Him, like a steward who was entrusted with a stewardship. Are you busy with it or with others?”

“The love which does not sacrifice is a barren love, without fruit.”

“The resurrection drew men’s attention to the glories of the other world; thus, the evanescent enjoyment of this perishable world diminished.”

“Your nature is not evil. Evil is an intruder.”

“As for the one who is self-centred, he never knows love as it should be. And if he does love, his love would not be capable of enduring as it should be.”

“Bear the faults of others as God bears your faults.”

“The one who likes to benefit always searches for profitability. Too much talk does not profit him, but one word could change his whole life.”

“Faith is a deep inner conviction and complete confidence in God, His attributes and His work.”

“Faith is not just to be mentally convinced but is an action inside the heart, to lead one through his whole life.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God”

“Prayer is a key to Heaven, it is the language and job of Angels and it is the life of the spirituals.”

“In prayer, one is elevated above materialism to meet with God.”

“Prayer is a taste of God’s Kingdom, which starts here and finishes there.”

“God can do everything on his own, but he wants you to work with Him, not only to work, but to toil and strive.”

“Thus, suffering for the Lord becomes a measure of the glory that awaits the faithful in the eternal Kingdom.”

“Love expresses its existence by labouring for the beloved one.”

“The One they crucified at Golgotha and was counted as a sinner, enduring many reproaches and insults, has risen from the dead in glory, ascended to Heaven in glory and sat down at the right hand of the Father in glory.”

“Let your gifts be comparable to your earnings, lest God makes your earnings comparable to your gifts.”

“Love is tested through suffering, tribulation and sacrifice.”

“If one loses ones inner peace, everything will look disturbed in ones’ eyes, and what is simple will seem complicated.”

“The one who overcomes hardships and does not use them as an excuse, proves the truth of his inner intentions.”

“A practical person who has faced reality and experienced life would perfectly understand that matters do not proceed according to his plans and preferences.”

“A humble person may give up his opinion and would possibly admit that he was wrong, and rectify the error.”

“A meek person deals simply with everyone and never argues much or acts stubbornly.”

“There is a big difference between stubbornness and firmness in what is right. Stubbornness is the persistence on what is wrong.”

“He never aimed at overcoming people but winning them. He never tried to destroy them but convince them.”

“The faults of the tongue are many.”

“Repentance needs a humble heart. The one who persists in his pride and dignity would not be able to repent.”

“The Christians are strong because they are an image of God and God is powerful.”

“The one who is full of peace could flow over to others, granting them comfort.”

“God is present, everything is for good, there is an end.”

“Be firm inside, steadfast in your faith, then nothing from outside will shake you.”

“Live then in peace, you will be comforted and live in confidence and calm, in good health, both spiritually and physically.”

“Find excuses for others and try your best to defend them in a rightful way, not through hypocrisy.”

“He who deals with people according to his own mentality, without taking into consideration their own mentality and way of thinking, is not practical.”

“The practical person lives in reality with all its surroundings, obstacles and problems, without ignoring anything.”

“Success in not large number served people, but in those you were able to change their lives and brought them to God.”

“Man needs to drink from all springs of knowledge, with wisdom and care, by examining and sifting information.”

“Try and reach the heart of the one you speak with, before, you reach his mind.”

“Zeal is kindling the heart and the will, as if with fire, to do what one believes to be good.”

“Think, study and investigate everything, adhere to the good attributes.”

“Service is an expression of love overflowing from the heart, it is a desire to serve.”

“If you want your words to have their full effect, choose the appropriate time to say them.”

“Speak when the ear is ready to listen to your words, and more preferable when it is eager to listen to you.”

“The important thing to keep before you is that you say your word when it finds an ear ready to listen.”

“In silence there may be wisdom and strength, there may be nobility and dignity.”

“The world sees in our conduct, in our behaviour, the proof that we are the real children of God.”

“It is not the sun which has hidden its face from the earth, but the earth which has turned its back on the sun.”

“I have noticed a type of person who talks a lot but who says nothing.”

“Every Goliath has a David waiting to conquer him in the name of the Lord of Hosts.”

“People may fear you on account of your position or power or strength, but this does not mean that they respect you.”

“Any work done by man, without the hand of God, surely leads to vain glory.”