Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. Everything, both good and evil, comes from them. They become reality. If our thoughts are kind, peaceful, and quiet, turned only toward good, then we also influence ourselves and radiate peace all around us - in our family, in the whole country, everywhere. However, when we breed negative thoughts, that is a great evil. If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility. When there is evil in us, we radiate it among our family members and wherever we go. So you see, we can be very good or very evil. It that’s the way it is, it is certainly better to choose good! Destructive thoughts destroy the stillness within, and then we have no peace.
~ Blessed Elder Thaddaeus of Serbia ~
This was sent to me by Fr Luke Hartnung, whose mailing list of spiritual excerpts I thoroughly enjoy and commend to you all.