God has not abandoned you

God has not abandoned you

The truth is that afflictions are not a sign of God’s absence or abandonment but rather of His presence. + Afflictions are like the kneading of dough in the making of bread.  They are the preparations for the mystical marriage, and without them the soul is left uniformed, cold and alone. + It is affliction alone that can tear us away from our isolated, individual existence and transform us into something much more whole and open. + Elder...

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it never fails

it never fails

For love does not seek its own, it labors, sweats, watches to build up the brother: nothing is inconvenient to love, and by the help of God it turns the impossible into the possible. + Saint Tikhon of...

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because He first loved us

because He first loved us

We love Him because He first loved us. (1 John 4:19) In the end, this is not the agony of man trying to find God, but the agony of God trying to find man; it is the pain of God running in love to those that abandoned Him, that were cut off from Him, that forgot about Him, that despised and rejected Him. + Until the lost shall be found, until the finite be united with the Infinite, God will be in agony + Elder Aemilianos of...

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