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Faithful Over a Little

by TheChurch on Tuesday, 3 September 2013 3:10 PM
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Faithful Over a Little

Pope Sheounda III

 

If you are faithful in loving your relative, God will set you over loving your enemy.

If you are faithful in serving God in your leisure time, God may grant you the love to consecrate your life to Him.

If you are faithful in rejecting willful sins, God will deliver you from unwillful sins.

If you are faithful in keeping your conscious mind from evil thoughts, God will grant you purity of the subconscious mind and will grant purity of dreams.

If you are faithful in childhood, God will grant you faithfulness in youth.

If you are faithful in not judging others by words, God will enable you not to judge by thoughts.

If you are faithful in controlling yourself from anger, then God shall grant you freedom from internal anger, rage and envy.

If you are faithful in the ordinary spiritualties, God may grant you the gifts of the Spirit.

"You have been faithful over a little, I will set you over...

Hurrying

by TheChurch on Thursday, 29 August 2013 2:54 PM
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Hurrying



Metropolitan Anthony of Sorouzh

 

We are all in the grip of time, but it is our own fault, for time has nothing to do with it. The fact that time flows by and that we are hurrying somewhere are two quite separate things. To be in a hurry- that is an inner state. To act quickly, accurately and to the point- that is something quite different.

Take the following example: It happens that when on holiday in the country one is walking across a field, quickly cheerfully, briskly- and not hurrying to get anywhere, because there is nothing to hurry for. And sometimes one sees a man carrying two suitcases and three bags and is in a tremendous hurry, but is moving at a snail's pace. 

Haste lies in the fact that a person wants to be half a kilometre ahead of himself; not where he finds himself but always a little further. And when a person lives like that he will not pray, because someone who is not 'here' cannot pray, and the person who is' here' does pray. That...

Ascension

by TheChurch on Monday, 10 June 2013 8:40 PM
Ascension



St Augustine

 

Today our Lord Jesus Christ ascended into heaven; let our hearts ascend with Him. Listen to the words of the Apostle: "If you have risen with Christ, set your hearts on the things that are above where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God; seek the things that are above, not the things that are on earth. For just as He remained with us even after His ascension, so we too are already in heaven with Him, even though what is promised us has not yet been fulfilled in our bodies."' Christ is now exalted above the heavens, but He still suffers on earth all the pain that we, the members of his body, have to bear. He showed this when He cried out from above: "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute Me?" and when he said, "I was hungry and you gave Me food."

Why do we on earth not strive to find rest with Him in heaven even now, through the faith, hope and love that unites us to Him? While in heaven he is also with us; and we while on earth...

FASTING QUOTES

by TheChurch on Sunday, 7 April 2013 5:27 PM
FASTING QUOTES



taken from Orthodox Prayer Life by Father Matta el- Miskeen

 

+ The table of a man who continually perseveres in prayer is sweeter than the scent of musk and the fragrance of perfumes, and the lover of God yearns for this as for a priceless treasure.

Take for yourself the remedy of life from the table of those who fast, keep vigil, and labour in the Lord, and so raise up the dead man in your soul. For the Beloved reclines in their midst bestowing sanctification and he transforms the bitterness of their hardship into his ineffable sweetness. His spiritual and heavenly ministers overshadow both them and their holy foods. I know one of the brethren who has seen this with his own eyes.

(St Isaac the Syrian, Homilies 15, in The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, p 88)

 

+ There can be no knowledge of the mysteries of God on a full stomach.

(St Isaac the Syrian, Homilies 4, in Ascetical Homilies, p 33)

 

+ Fasting,...
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