Friday, July 4, 2014

Eλεημοσύνη ( Γέροντας Ιερώνυμος της Αιγίνης )

"Όταν δίδεις ελεημοσύνη, να μη εξετάζεις τι είναι το πρόσωπο πού του δίδεις, και είναι καλό ή κακό. Ή ελεημοσύνη είναι σπουδαίο πράγμα, εξαλείφει πλήθος αμαρτιών.

Γέροντας Ιερώνυμος της Αιγίνης

Η πραγματική, η γνήσια χαρά βρίσκεται κοντά στον Χριστό ( Γέροντας Παΐσιος )

Η πραγματική, η γνήσια χαρά βρίσκεται κοντά στον Χριστό. 'Αν συνδεθής μαζί Του με την προσευχή, θα δης πληρωμένη την ψυχή σου. Οι κοσμικοί την χαρά την ζητούν στις απολαύσεις. Μερικοί πάλι πνευματικοί άνθρωποι την ζητούν σε θεολογικές συζητήσεις, ομιλίες κ.λ.π. Και όταν τελειώνουν αυτά, μένουν με ένα κενό και αναρωτιούνται τι θα κάνουν στην συνέχεια.

Γέροντας Παΐσιος

We should neither trust nor accept our thoughts ( Elder Paisios )

"The ancient fathers did not trust their thoughts at all, but even in the smallest things, when they had to give an answer, they addressed the matter in their prayer, joining to it fasting, in order in some way to ‘force’ Divine Grace to inform them what was the right answer according to God. And when they received the ‘information,’ they gave the answer.

"Today I observe that even with great matters, when someone asks, before he has even had the time to complete his question, we interrupt him and answer him. This shows that not only do we not seek enlightenment from the Grace of God, but we do not even judge with the reason God gave us. On the contrary, whatever our thoughts suggest to us, immediately, without hesitation, we trust it and consent to it, often with disastrous results.

"Almost all of us view thoughts as being something simple and natural, and that is why we naively trust them. However, we should neither trust them nor accept them.

Elder Paisios 

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