Posts tagged “Love of God”

A manger for the newborn Lord

So make your heart into a manger for the newborn Lord, and surround it with holy dispositions-a will for salvation, active assimilation of the whole economy of our salvation, peace in the Lord and a grateful doxology to Him. This will be the highest occupation of your spirit in these days; it will sanctify your feast days, and at the same time will allow you to fulfill strictly the words of the song: Christ comes down from Heaven, meet [...]

True freedom

The Lord wants us to love one another. Here is freedom: in love for God and neighbor. In this freedom, there is equality. In earthly orders, there may not be equality, but this is not important for the soul. Not everyone can be a king, not everyone a patriarch or a boss. But in any position it is possible to love God and to please Him, and only this is important. And whoever loves God more on earth will [...]

departure-of-the-soul

The struggle of the departing soul

While the dying person addresses his last words to us, suddenly his tongue is at a loss, his eyes dim, his mouth falls silent, his voice is paralyzed when the Lord's troops have arrived, when His frightening armies overwhelm him, when the divine bailiffs invite the soul to be gone from the body, when the inexorable lays hold of us to drag us to the tribunal... Then the angels take the soul and go off through the air. There stand [...]

Gather frequently to celebrate God’s Eucharist

Try to gather more frequently to celebrate God's Eucharist and to praise Him. For when you meet with frequency, Satan's powers are overthrown and his destructiveness is undone by the unanimity of your faith. There isn't nothing better than peace, by which all strife in heavenly and earthly spirits is cast out. St. Ignatius the God-bearer, Epistle to the Ephesians, 13

Nativity of Christ

On the Nativity of Christ by St. John of Kronstadt

"He has come upon earth, He, Who in the beginning created us from earth and breathed His Divine breath into us; He has come Who “giveth to all life, and breath, and all things” (Acts xvii. 25.); He has come, He Who by a single word called all things visible and invisible from non-existence into existence, Who by a word called into being birds, fishes, quadrupeds, insects, and all creatures, existing under His almighty providence and care; He has [...]

The cave at Bethlehem

Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming. Do you know that the pre-festal troparia begin on the twentieth of December? The Church has also wisely set the last day in which the night grows longer. On the twenty-first of the month the day begins to grow longer. The nights and noetic darknesses leave while light and days increase. Let us ask God to take away from us the darkness of our hearts now that the days are growing and they become completely illumined, now that [...]

St. Paisios

You are Just, O Lord, and straight are Your judgments.

In his desire to demonstrate how God provides and cares for His creation, whenever we tend to become indignant and not understand His actions, the Elder would tell us stories such as the following one: An ascetic who had observed the injustice that exists in the world prayed to God and asked Him to reveal the reason that righteous and pious people suffer misfortunes and are tortured without any obvious explanation, whereas the unrighteous and sinners become wealthy and enjoy [...]

Take up your cross

“What does it mean to take up your cross? It means the willing acceptance, at the hand of Providence, of every means of healing, bitter though it may be, that is offered. Do great catastrophies fall on you? Be obedient to God’s will, as Noah was. Is sacrifice demanded of you? Give yourself into God’s hands with the same faith as Abram had when he went to sacrifice his son. Is your property ruined? Do your children die suddenly? [...]