Sunday, July 27, 2014
Ο Θεός μας δίνει πολλές ευκαιρείες για να κερδίσουμε τον Παράδεισο, αλλ' εμείς αυτές τις ευκαιρείες δεν τις δεχόμαστε όλες, τις διώχνουμε. Εάν όσα οφείλει ο άνθρωπος τα ξεπλήρωσε σ' αυτή τη ζωή, σώζεται.
Any soul which has lost its peace must repent, and the Lord will forgive its sins, and then peace and joy will visit the soul. There need be no witnesses, for the Holy Spirit is the witness of the remission of sins. Here is a sign of forgiveness: if you have come to hate sin, then the Lord has forgiven your sin.
First, search around and learn who is the most experienced Spiritual Father, because Basil the Great says, just as people do not show their maladies and bodily wounds to just any physician, but to experienced physicians who know how to treat them, so also sins must be revealed, not to just anyone, but to those who are able to heal them: “The same fashion should be observed in the confession of sins as in the showing of bodily diseases. As then men reveal the diseases of the body not to all or to chance corners but to those who are experienced in their treatment; so also the confession of sins ought to take place in the presence of those who are able to treat them, as it is written: ‘Ye that are strong bear the infirmities of the weak’ (Rom. 15:1) – that is, take them away by your care.”
St Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain