Wisdom for the day – Abbot Tryphon

Orthodoxy is not a religion by which we can attain salvation in the privacy of our own home, for our faith is a communal faith, whereby we participate in the Body of Christ in a corporate way.

It is in this life that we must participate in the communal life of the Church, for after death there is no treatment for that which separates us from God.

There is no repentance after this life, because all people share the same end.

Each of us is destined to see the Glory of God at the Second Coming of Christ.

Protopresbyter John Romanides tells us,

“All people will see the Glory (Uncreated Light) of God, and from this viewpoint they have the same end. Everyone, of course, will see the Glory of God, but with one difference:

The saved will see the Glory of God as a most sweet and never-setting Light, whereas the damned will see the same Glory of God as a consuming fire that will burn them.”

Our laziness, and our misplaced priorities, keep us from the Divine Mysteries, and deprive our soul of the healing grace that comes with an encounter with the Living God. As the Hospital of the Soul, the Church has been established by Christ Himself as that place wherein we receive the cure, so that we may bask in the Eternal Banquet that awaits us in the after life.

By depriving ourselves of the grace filled Mysteries in this life, that are only found within the life of the Church, we separate ourselves from the very treatment that ensures eternal bliss in the next life.

Abbot Tryphon

Wisdom for the day – Thaddeus of Vitovnica

“When we talk to our fellow men and they tell us about their troubles, we will listen to them carefully if we have love for them.

We will have compassion for their suffering and pain, for we are God’s creatures; we are a manifestation of the love of God.”

Thaddeus of Vitovnica

Wisdom for the day – Elder Sophrony

The following is an excerpt from Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov), We Shall See Him as He Is, trans. Rosemary Edmonds (Platina, CA: St Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2006).

The event he discusses took place when he was an art student in Paris.

And lo, on Easter Saturday, in 1924 perhaps, the Light visited me after I had taken communion, and I felt it like the touch of Divine Eternity on my spirit. Gentle, full of peace and love, the Light remained with me for three days. It drove away the darkness of non-existence that had engulfed me. I was resurrected, and in me and with me the whole world was resurrected. The words of St John Chrysostom at the end of the Easter Liturgy struck me with overwhelming force: ‘Christ is risen and there are no dead in the grave’. Tormented hitherto by the spectre of universal death, I now felt that my soul, too, was resurrected and there were no more dead . . . If this is God, then quickly let me abandon everything and seek only union with Him.

After this experience, Elder Sophrony tried out the Orthodox theological school in Paris. But deciding that even this was not enough, he left to become a monk on the Holy Mountain, where he lived for about twenty years.

Wisdom for the day – Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

“Our life depends on the kind of thoughts we nurture.

If our thoughts are peaceful, calm, meek, and kind, then that is what our life is like.

If our attention is turned to the circumstances in which we live, we are drawn into a whirlpool of thoughts and can have neither peace nor tranquility.”

Thaddeus of Vitovnica, Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives

Wisdom for the day – Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica

One cannot say that Christianity is a religion.

Christianity is a revelation of eternity & life.

The angels rejoice greatly because God has revealed Himself mystically to His creature, man.

Our human nature has become part of the mystery of the Holy Trinity, and that is a great gift which we do not even appreciate; instead, we have cleaved to the things of this world.

We have been given the opportunity to prepare ourselves for eternity, to vanquish evil, and to always be with our Heavenly Father

 

Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica