Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Η ζωή του ανθρώπου, παιδί μου, είναι θλίψις, διότι είναι στην εξορία. Μη ζητής τελείαν ανάπαυσιν. Ο Χριστός μας σηκωσε τον σταυρόν, και ημείς θα σηκώσωμεν. Όλας τα θλίψεις εαν τας υπομένωμεν ευρίσκωμεν Χάριν παρά Κυρίου. Δι' αυτό μας αφήνει ο Κύριος να πειραζώμεθα. δια να δοκιμάζη τον ζήλον και την αγάπην προς αυτόν όπου έχομεν. Δι' αυτό χρεία υπομονής. Χωρίς υπομονήν δεν γίνεται ο άνθρωπος πρακτικός, δεν μανθάνει τα πνευματικά, δεν φθάνει εις μέτρα αρετής και τελειώσεως.
Γέρων Ιωσήφ Ησυχαστής
Η υπακοή χαρίζει αμεριμνία, διότι η μέριμνα είναι μια πνευματική φυματίωση, που σιγα–σιγά, σαν μικρόβιο φυματιώσεως συνεχώς δηλητηριάζει τη ζωή του ανθρώπου, της ψυχής και του σώματος και σταδιακά φέρνει το θάνατο. Έτσι και η μέριμνα του βίου σαν ένα άλλο μικρόβιο φθείρει τον άνθρωπο, την ψυχή του και τον πεθαίνει ψυχικά.
Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεΐτης
One should perform the Prayer of Jesus aloud but not loudly, sufficient so that one can hear it. One should not at the time of prayer incline one's thought here and there to worldly , corruptible
things, but should remain without laziness in the memory of this Prayer alone. The Prayer is nothing else but a division between the visible and
invisible worlds. Wherefore, one must enclose one's mind in the Prayer.
Where the body stands, there also the mind
should be with it, without having any thought at the time of prayer. The Holy Fathers say, "If anyone prays with his lips but is careless about his mind, he is laboring in vain, for God heeds the
mind and not much speaking. Mental prayer does not allow that there be in the mind any fantasy or unclean thought. If one does not become accustomed to the mental Jesus Prayer, he cannot have ceaseless prayer.
If the Jesus Prayer becomes one's habit and enters his heart, it will then flow as water from a spring. At all times, everywhere and no matter what one
does, it will always urge him on, be he awake or asleep. When his body begins to sleep or drowse, even then it will awaken him, gushing out of his heart and never ceasing. Therefore this Prayer
is great, never left off, so that when it is being said, although the lips may grow faint, and the body may drowse, the spirit never sleeps. When some essential work is performed diligently or thoughts powerfully attack the mind or sleep
overcomes one, then one must pray fervently with the lips and tongue, that the mind might heed the voice.
And when the mind is in peace and calm from thoughts, one may pray with it alone. This path of prayer is the swifter one to salvation than by means of psalms, canons, and the usual prayers....
St. Paisius Velichkovsky
As a man who drinks wine and gets drunk on a day of mourning forgets all the pangs of his sorrow, so the man who in this world (which is a house of lamentation) is drunk with the love of
God, forgets all his sorrows and afflictions and becomes insensible to all sinful passions through his inebriation.
His heart is made steadfast by hope in God, his soul is as light as a winged bird, at every moment his mind rises out of the earth and soars far above
the heavens through the meditation of his thoughts, and he takes delight in the immortal things of the Most High, his prayer is unceasing, and he is like a man who has the wind for his steed, so that his enemy cannot overtake him.
Every time he seeks him, he flies from
St. Isaac the Syrian