Monday, December 17, 2012

Monastery of the Virgin Mary the Consolatory

Η πατρική αγκαλιά,όταν δεν έχει Χάρη Θεού,είναι ξερή

-Μια φορά Γέροντα,μας είπατε ότι με την αγάπη ο άνθρωπος μεγαλώνει,ωριμάζει.

- Δεν φθάνει να αγαπάη κανείς τον άλλον΄πρέπει να τον αγαπάει περισσότερο από τον εαυτό του.Η μάννα αγαπάει τα παιδιά της περισσότερο από τον εαυτό της. Μένει νηστικιά,για να ταϊση τα παιδιά της,αλλά νιώθει μεγαλύτερη ευχαρίστηση από εκείνα

.Τα παιδάκια τρέφονται υλικά και η μητέρα πνευματικά.Εκείνα έχουν την υλική γεύση,ενώ αυτή έχει την πνευματική αγαλλίαση.

-Πόσες μητέρες έρχονται με κλάματα και με παρακαλούν:"Κάντε προσευχή, Πάτερ, για το παιδί μου".Τι αγωνία έχουν!

Λίγοι άνδρες μου λένε: "Κάνε προσευχή, παραστράτησε το παιδί μου". Να,και σήμερα μια μητέρα με τι λαχτάρα η φουκαριάρα έσπρωχνε τα παιδιά της-οκτώ είχε-και τα έβαζε στη σειρά,για να πάρουν όλα ευλογία.
΄Ενας πατέρας δύσκολα θα το έκανε αυτό.Η πατρική αγκαλιά,όταν δεν έχει Χάρη Θεού,είναι ξερή.Ενώ η μητρική αγκαλιά,ακόμη και όταν δεν έχει Θεό,έχει γάλα.
Το παιδί αγαπά τον πατέρα του και τον σέβεται,αλλά με την στοργή και την τρυφερότητα της μητέρας αυξάνει πιο πολύ η αγάπη του και προς τον πατέρα .

Nothing in this life is stable

In this world, and in this present temporary life, nothing is stable; all
things undergo change and alteration. Fortunate is the person who—during
this life—through patience and  the other  virtues, builds  a  home  in  the
heavens. After death, he will dwell there, where there is no pain, suffering,
sorrow, danger, fear, or war, but perfect and certain fortune and bliss.

—by Elder Philotheos Zervakos—

If we repent, God will forgive us


Are you a sinner? Do not despair. Come to church with repentance.
Have you sinned? Say to God: “I have sinned.” You find it so  difficult  to
confess your sin?  But  if you do not accuse yourself first, the devil will
eventually accuse you. Therefore, before he has a chance to do so, strip
him of his power; because, truly, his role is to accuse us. Erase your sin
before he has a chance to blame you. For you have an accuser who will
not remain silent.
Have you sinned? I ask nothing else from you except this: enter the
church  and say to God with repentance,  “I have sinned.” Because it is
written: “confess your sins first, so that you may be justified” (Isa. 43:26).
Confess your sin so that you may erase it. This does not require any effort,
or many words, or large sums of money, or any other such thing. It only
takes three words: “I have sinned.”
Have you sinned? Come to Church and erase your sin. Every time
you fall while walking you get up. Similarly, every time you sin, repent. Do
not despair; do not become indifferent, so that you do not lose hope in the
heavenly riches that are in store for us. Even if you sin late in life when you
have grown old, repent and come to Church. The Church is a hospital not
a court. It bestows forgiveness; it does not demand accountability for the
sin. Say to God: “Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil before
Thee” (Ps. 50:6), and He will forgive you. Show Him that you repent, and
He will have mercy on you. If we do our part, God will do His part.
Since the almighty Lord is so loving and merciful, let us not remain
indifferent for our salvation.  Waiting for us are the Kingdom of Heaven,
Paradise, and goods that no human eye has seen, that no human ear has
heard, and which no human mind can conceive. Shouldn’t we do whatever
we can  in order  not  to  lose these things? Shouldn’t we give something
trivial in order to acquire these great and invaluable things? Therefore, let
us repent, let our hands become accustomed to  giving to  others,  let  us
humble ourselves, let us mourn and cry for our sins. All these things are
small. But great and beyond our strength are the things that will be given to
us by God; that is, Paradise, and the Kingdom of Heaven. May we all be
worthy of entering it, through His grace.

—by St. John Chrysostom—

Pilgrimage to St Nektarios Holy Monastery Roscoe, NewYork

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