Monday, May 12, 2014
While there is still time, strive to appropriate God and His Saints ( St. John of Kronstadt )
Christian man! While there is still time, strive to appropriate God and His Saints to thyself here upon the earth through faith and piety; be churchly, nourish in thyself the spirit of churchliness; the spirit of repentance, holiness, peace, and thoughts of God; the spirit of love, meekness, humility, patience, submissiveness to good, and salvation. Lift not thine head, and scorn not thy Mother the Church which saves thee - attend church often during Divine Service, stand with humility, listen, reflect, or read and chant. If thou dost not gain Her here - and through Her, God-thou shalt remain foreign to Her and to God, and after death, God shall not take thee, and all His Saints shall renounce thee as some one foreign to them in spirit and in disposition of heart and thoughts. Thou shalt be driven into a strange country, into the gloomy and fiery place of the fallen spirits and unrepentant souls of men. Be wise, therefore, in order to escape the craftiness of the devil, and attain thy great calling.
St. John of Kronstadt