Tag: Elder Aemilianos

the toil that God undertakes

the toil that God undertakes

Think about the toil that God undertakes on your behalf. Think of His concern and anxiety for you, along with His patience, and long-suffering. Consider His wisdom, and His great strength. He has become everything entwined with all things, interwoven with all things, in the […]

catch hold of Him

catch hold of Him

One example of God stooping down to our level is given to us in the Psalms. Do you remember the wonderful image of Christ stooping down in order to drink from a running stream? He shall drink of the brook in the way, it says, […]

joy{full}ness of heart

joy{full}ness of heart

In speaking of joyfulness of heart, we should say a word about the nature of the heart in question. What sort of heart is it that feels this joyfullness? A broken heart, a heart that breaks itself oopen because of the majesty that it feels. When a person lives as a true member of the Church, against which the gates of hell cannot prevail (Matt 16:18) when he lives in the state of majesty that is proper to him, then he attains his fulfillment, his authetic self-expression, the revelation of his own true self. True self discovery occurs only within the consciousness of the Church. Becoming one with the body of the Church and living within its assurances and certitude, enables one to be free from changes, anxiety and sadness.

Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra

people of eternity

people of eternity

The life of the faithful should be filled with joy and gladness, which are among the fruits of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit Himself gives these fruits both to our souls and to our community. At the same time, our life must be something […]

gladdening

gladdening

Prayer then, since it is communion with God, is gladdening. Certainly we shall have our struggle against our sins, and our passions. But not even this should depress us, once we have put our life into Jesus Christ’s hands. The struggle is necessary, however, for […]

what we can do in our everyday life

what we can do in our everyday life


“What we can do in our everyday life is something very simple. First, we should be careful not to disturb or upset our relations with others, even a little. We should not allow ourselves to be swayed by how much we like or dislike a person, which indicates the degree to which our stance is dependent on that person. For example someone might might speak to me rudely and I ignore him. Or someone else might speak to me kindly and I embrace him. In both cases my responses are determined by the other person, which means that at any moment I can be troubled, become angry, lose my inner peace, or otherwise be thrown off balance, because I have no control over what people say or do to me.

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naturally open

naturally open

    “What is natural, simple, and easy, and makes us happy, is the love of God, which is as natural as the eyes seeing and the mouth speaking.  The mouth is not able to walk, but has been made to speak. The hand is […]

enchanting meadow

enchanting meadow

+ + + “… we cross a threshold… a shift occurs, the atmosphere changes and all the essential elements are transformed.  And all of this happens in order to prepare us for the greatest and most wonderful period of the year: Great Lent.  The Triodion […]

moving within

moving within

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“Just as a child within its mother’s womb kicks and makes its presence known, so too does God move about within me. Sometimes He makes my eyes sparkle with joy, and sometimes he fills them with tears. Sometimes I cry aloud and other times I say to myself  “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on me”

Elder Aemilianos of Simonopetra : The Way of the Spirit

 

the least cry of your soul

the least cry of your soul

Let us have confidence in God, remembrance and love toward Him  The Holy Mountain has shown us that the Grace of God is active everywhere   Do you know what Saint John Damascene calls Divine Grace : a vault of God There where you are […]