falling and rising within you

falling and rising within you

+ “True self discover occurs only within the consciousness of the Church. Becoming one with the Body of the Church, and living within its assurance and certitude enables you to be free from changes, anxiety and sadness. + + Troubles simply come come and go, passing by like waves, but they will never be able to drown you.  You have become like the shore, unmoved by the pounding of the sea.  The waves will come and crash all around but you...

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nourishing grace

nourishing grace

+ What food is for the body, the Spirit is for my life. The Spirit is the foundation of my very existence, He gives life to all flesh. “By the Holy Spirit every soul is given life” + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra the Way of the Spirit (p....

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anaphora of love

anaphora of love

“Love isn’t something that comes from our hearts, but rather from the heart of God. And this love penetrates our hearts and minds, from where it flows out to others, ultimately returning to God” Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra Monastery the way of the spirit (p.90) + Thine own of Thine...

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stretch forth

stretch forth

“Turning to God means I stretch forth to Him with perseverance.  Why?  Because I’m down here on  earth and He’s in heaven above.  Can I reach Him?  No, I can not ascend.  He must descend in order to find me.” Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra Way of the Spirit (p. 74) + The quote above recalls the image of the icon of the Resurrection.  Repentance – turning to God – is a gift God offers us.  We, each of us,...

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God bends toward the soul

God bends toward the soul

And just as the soul goes beyond its proper limits in order to encounter God, so too does God bend down toward the soul, abandoning its proper limits in order to give Himself to me, to surrender Himself to me. Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra the way of the spirit (p....

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