“It is Christ Who helps us; otherwise, who would be able to support such a weight of souls, when we are not even able to support ourselves? The only thing which we must do is to pray that God will give us patience, and we shall try, as is our duty, to bear the weaknesses of those for whom we have assumed responsibility.  Each of us has a burden in proportion to his power; but God perceives our weaknesses and helps us. Do not murmur; do not fall to your knees, my child. It is time to run the race; run in order to take hold of the prize of the heavenly calling. Do not lose courage; Christ is invisibly present. It is for His love that you undertook the struggle.  I pray for you that the Lord will give you patience, enlightenment, discernment, and health, so that you are able to navigate the ship of the synodia [leadership body]  with wisdom and meekness. Scandals will never cease, inasmuch as the devil exists, who continually attacks us with his evil. Bear without murmuring the weaknesses of your brethren and humble your inner self.”- ‘Counsels from the Holy Mountain’