Wisdom for the day – Abbot Tryphon

Following His glorious Resurrection, as He appeared to His Disciples, Our Lord Jesus Christ gave the command that:  “Whosoever’s sins you remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosoever’s sins you retain, they are retained.” John 20:23

From that moment in history, the Church has seen Confession (or repentance) as one of the holy mysteries (or sacraments) of the Church, through which the penitent receives the divine forgiveness of Christ for any sins that are confessed.

The Lord Jesus Christ bestowed His authority upon the Church to forgive sins, and the priest or the bishop, as His representative on earth, through his ordination, prayers to God for the salvation of the servant of God who really repented of his / her sins and God forgives the sins through the priest. Not the priest but God through the priests’ prayer forgives. The Mystery of Holy Confession is holy because it connects God and His children, with the priest acting as the Bridge.

Dependent upon the sin committed , the priest has the right to ban a communicant from receiving Holy Communion, for serious sin requires a time of repentance. Every priest has the right to forgive and retain through God the sins of the faithful, who are coming to Confession, but every priest can not listen to Confessions, they have to be appointed by the local Bishop, they should be trained in the practice and in the spiritual life.

To make a good confession it is necessary to prepare yourself carefully.

Ask God to give you Grace to make a thorough examination of your conscience.

Abbot Tryphon

 

A Partial List of Behavior that should be confessed.    —  Father Wayne

  • anger
  • concealing sins in confession
  • disobedience
  • disrespect
  • insubordination
  • drunkenness
  • gluttony or over-eating
  • evil speech
  • foul speech
  • saying unseemly things
  • gossip
  • grumbling
  • idle talk
  • lying
  • greed
  • inattention
  • carelessness
  • laziness
  • negligence or carelessness
  • love of money
  • love of sensual pleasure
  • sexual sins
  • impure thoughts
  • missing church services
  • sleeping in church
  • neglect of prayer
  • attachment to things
  • love of glory or honor
  • pride
  • self-love
  • self-will
  • vainglory or false values
  • envy
  • jealousy
  • remembering wrongs
  • reproaching others
  • judging others
  • condemnation of others
  • resentment
  • scorn
  • slander
  • theft
  • The penitent then mentions any other sins of which he is guilty

Wisdom for the day – St. Nektarios of Aegina

How mistaken are those people who seek happiness outside of themselves, in foreign lands and journeys, in riches and glory, in great possessions and pleasures, in diversions and vain things, which have a bitter end! In the same thing to construct the tower of happiness outside of ourselves as it is to build a house in a place that is consistently shaken by earthquakes.

Happiness is found within ourselves, and blessed is the man who has understood this. Happiness is a pure heart, for such a heart becomes the throne of God. Thus says Christ of those who have pure hearts: “I will visit them, and will walk in them, and I will be a God to them, and they will be my people.” (II Cor. 6:16) What can be lacking to them? Nothing, nothing at all! For they have the greatest good in their hearts: God Himself!

St. Nektarios of Aegina, Path to Happiness

Wisdom for the day – St. Isaac the Syrian

“The wondrous love of God toward man is recognized when man is in misfortunes that are destroying his hope.

Here God manifests His power for man’s salvation.

For man never recognizes the power of God in tranquility and freedom.”

St. Isaac the Syrian

Wisdom for the day – Abbot Tryphon

Every day we are given opportunities for acquiring a grateful heart. Whatever comes our way, whether it be good or bad, are occasions for being grateful. When we realize that even difficulties and hardships are allowed by God for our salvation, we are more likely to received whatever comes, with a grateful heart. Whatever life places before us, all is an opportunity to give thanks to God.

The difficulties we face are opportunities to embrace with a trusting heart, that which God has allowed. Our willingness to please God governs our response, and in turn nurtures a humble heart, and a humble heart opens the doors to a peace that passes all understanding, and the Gates of Paradise are opened wide to us.

Abbot Tryphon

Wisdom for the day – Aristides

“The Christians love one another.

They never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them.

If a man has something, he gives freely to the man who has nothing.

If they see a stranger, Christians take him home and are happy, as though he were a real brother.
They don’t consider themselves brothers in the usual sense, but brothers instead through the Spirit of God.

And if they hear that one of them is in jail, or persecuted for professing the name of their redeemer, they all give him what he needs.

If it is possible, they bail him out.
If one of them is poor and there isn’t enough food to go around, they fast several days
to give him the food he needs.

This is really a new kind of person.

There is something divine in them.’-

From a report given by Aristides, to the Emperor Hadrian (117-138 AD