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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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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too deep for words

too deep for words

Prayer is given to you, placed within your heart by the Holy Spirit, Who intercedes with sighs too deep for words (Romans 8.26)  Bow grace itself, God Himself, placed prayer within your soul, in the mouth of your soul. + Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra thd way of the spirit...

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