“You will be a missionary. Let your first rule of missionary work be – praying to God for the apostates.”
St Nicolai Velimirovich, Missionary Letters, Part 1, Letter 4
We had spoken about the 1st Matinal Resurrectional Gospel yesterday in the adult school. The so called “Great Commission” was discussed, and the difference in how Protestants and Orthodox approach, understand and fulfil the Lord’s command: “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations…”
Surely St Nicolai’s admonition is part of that difference. …
In the moment when you begin to pray, the devil attacks you; and after the first words, after the first short prayers you make, he puts all kinds of unimportant, worldly thoughts in your mind. …
Father Paisios of Mount Athos says that these thoughts which appear in our mind at the time of prayer are like…
With photos of Fr George Calciu and Elder Paisios of Mount Athos.
When you commune and leave church, the angel bows before you! You stand before the angels, because you are bearers of Christ! If you do not understand this, I am not saying that you come to church in vain, but that you are not truly penetrated by the significance of coming to church […]
Also several good links to material on Fr George.
O Good Physician,
Thou callest me, demanding no payment, nor spilling my blood,
But my slothfulness prevents me from going to Thee….
After a prayer inspired by a gleaning from St Ephrem the Syrian, the quote which inspired it, and a short commentary on the importance of monasticism and the illness of the modern church.
The whole purpose of the Savior’s commandments is to free the mind from incontinence and hate and to bring it to the love of Himself…
After this quote from St Maximus the confessor, a short pastoral comment:
This has been one of the themes of my priestly ministry…
A pastor must strive to give his flock a reason to follow the commandments. This quote by St Maximus is the reason, or, better, one of the many ways of expressing the reason. A person who really listend to my homilies…
Some incredible quotes from the Fathers and others regarding the implications of the incarnation.
St. Clement of Alexandria: “The Word of God became man, that you may learn from man how man may become God.”
St. Athanasius of Alexandria: “For he was made man that we might be made God…and…he himself has made us sons of the Father, and deified men by becoming himself man.”
St. Gregory of Nazianzus (the Theologian): “Let us become as Christ is, since Christ became as we are; let us become gods for his sake, since he became man for our sake.”
Stand fast on spiritual watch, because you don’t know when the Lord will call you to Himself. In your earthly life be ready at any moment to give Him an account. Beware that the enemy does not catch you in his nets, that he not deceive you causing you to fall into temptation. Daily examine your conscience; try the purity of your thoughts, your intentions. …
No man is more easily approached by the Devil than one who lives in slothfulness and leisure: this is a house well swept and adorned for the Evil One. – St. Tikhon of Zadonsk
I saw this recently and it is along the same lines as a sermon I recently posted (The Sign of Jonas – Baptism, resurrection, repentance and obedience.).
St Tikhon and the sermon were referring to:
Quotes for the Holy Father’s apropos to the beginning of the Apostle’s fast, an explanation of the fasting rules, a link concering the history of the fast, wisdom from my parishioners and a few other things.
St Justin Popovich, recently glorified by the Church of Serbia, is one of my favorite authors. He would not be among the favorites of many Orthodox, because he is blunt and truthful. He addresses here Missionary work. I have had discussions about this in the parish before, and I present his words here because they are provocative, and TRUE. So much that passes for missionary work and its sister “ecumenical dialogue” is insipid and lifeless because it is not ascetical (and therefore, cannot be truthful, because it cannot not know the truth).
Like any quote, it cannot address all aspects of a subject, but every word St Justin speaks should be taken to heart. I hope that some dialogue will result because of this post.