Wednesday, February 10, 2021

On Optimism and Pessimism (St. Nikolai Velimirovich)


By St. Nikolai Velimirovich

The greatest happiness for a person is not health, wealth, friends and fame. The greatest happiness for a person is to have optimism. Nor is the greatest misery for a person sickness, poverty, loneliness, abandonment, injustice, any difficulty or loss. The greatest misery for a person is to be pessimistic, because while optimism is the anthem of life, pessimism is the anthem of death.

I could not call myself a Christian if I was not optimistic. And if I called myself a Christian and I was not optimistic, I would not be a sincere Christian.

And all those who are not optimistic in vain call themselves Christians. Christianity is the greatest fortress of optimism.

Christianity is based on faith, hope and love. This is because only these three save: Faith, Hope and Love! 


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