leave it behind

leave it behind

+ To enter the Church means to leave aside all those things that make up our life in the world. That which exists is God (cf. Ex 3.14), but that which is ours, which alone belongs to us is our sin, our self will, and our desire.  Apart from God, the self is something non-existent, even though it is and remains, the creation of His Hands, the breath of His first blessing (cf. Gen 2.7) + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra the way of the spirit p....

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born again

born again

Repentance…is not simply the opening of the gate of the soul – which in any case already took place when Divine Grace opened up the subconscious, manifesting that which was hidden – but rather the opening of the gate of heaven. + Heaven opens up and God descends. + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra the way of the spirit p. 30 The Nativity – in the manger of the...

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