Elder Thaddeus (+1992): Our thoughts determine our lives

by abbamoses

Elder Thaddeus of Serbia (cover of "Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives")

Elder Thaddeus, despite his Grace-filled beginnings in the spiritual life, spent many years fighting against the very ailments that afflict so many people in our own era: stress, depression, and nervousness. Because of his own experience in warring against these life-destroying diseases, he was able to console and comfort the thousands of visitors who came to him later in life. His counsel was always tailored for whoever was in front of him, but at the same time he never strayed far from his central instruction:

“Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture. If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like. 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.”

— from the introduction to Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica.