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I AM, THEREFORE I THINK

March 28, 2017

Christ, the Eternal Tao.

A good book and address by Abbot Damascene, lacking however a clarification, and that could cause confusion in us little ones.

In my poor understanding, you need to think to watch over your thoughts. Your thought is necessary even to get rid of your thoughts. It’s a very dangerous delusion to pursue the absence of thought, because in that case you would attain to a nothingness that is not the divine unselfishness, but the nothingness of non-being. That’s the abyss where lead all Far East spiritual teachings, deprived of God’s salvific revelation in Jesus Christ.

In all truth, the holy fathers needed to think to at first get their holy experience and then communicate it for our edification, just like Abbot Damascene in his conferences. The thought is a movement of the will and it’s an irrepressible constitutive feature of the Person (in the image of the Most High), and not only of fallen person. The problem in these last ones is that sin darkens that faculty and makes it unable to function correctly; it’s lead astray and shattered in a myriad of false reasonings and calls, it’s weighted down by bodily needs and the search for fugitive fleshly pleasures, all of them magnified with malignant wisdom by the enemy in the supreme imprisonment of this world: the fear of death.

Purity of heart is the only remedy to heal that faculty, but you need to think to heal your thoughts and make them one-pointed again to God. Your thought is absolutely necessary in the slow cleaning of your heart and painful recontruction of your personhood, not less than the salvific Misteries of Christ and His Church: God will not save you in spite of you.

It could not be otherwise. Taking away the thought, you take away the Person.

The Descartes’ axiom is nonsense, because it has the reality upside down: it’s the person the foundation of the thought, not the other way around.

I AM, THEREFORE I THINK!

(in the image of the Most High)

You cannot correct nonsense with nonsense, taking away the thought from the axiom of our existence.

PREGHIERA DI SOCCORSO

March 27, 2017
PREGHIERA DEL MONACO ANTIOCO DEL MONASTERO DEL PANDETTO

Sovrano Cristo Dio, tu hai curato con la tua Passione le mie passioni e hai guarito con le tue ferite le mie ferite: io ho peccato all’eccesso, dammi la grazia delle lacrime di contrizione; impregna il mio corpo con il profumo del tuo vivifico corpo e con il prezioso tuo sangue raddolcisci la mia anima dall’amarezza che mi ha instillato l’avversario.

Innalza a te la mia mente trascinata in basso e fammi riaffiorare dalla perdizione, poiché non ho conversione, non ho pentimento, non ho lacrime di conforto che mi riconducano come figlio alla mia eredità. Mi si è ottenebrata la mente tra le passioni mondane e non riesco a fissarti nel dolore, non posso scaldarmi con le lacrime di amore per te.

Allora, Sovrano e Signore Gesù Cristo, scrigno dei beni, donami tu la conversione e un cuore ansioso di cercarti; dammi qual grazia la tua grazia e rinnova in me i tratti della tua immagine. Non abbandonarmi, anche se io ti ho abbandonato; esci a cercarmi, guidami al tuo pascolo, annoverami tra le pecore del tuo gregge eletto e nutrimi insieme a loro con il foraggio dei tuoi misteri divini, per le intercessioni della tua purissima Madre e di tutti i tuoi santi. Amen.

CARITA’ CRISTIANA

March 21, 2017

Padre John Whiteford pensa che George Demacopoulos sia solo uno sciocco, e sacrifica caritatevolmente decine di migliaia di parole e tanto tempo per spiegarglielo (qui in inglese).

Io che non possiedo una sola briciola di amore cristiano, e penso che egli sia qualcosa di molto peggio, lo avrei liquidato con una sola parola: Anatema!

A CENTURY AFTER THE CATASTROPHE

March 16, 2017

Let’s hope that Russia will at last be willing to be in the peace of the Lord, not in the false peace of this world.

A symbol of reconciliation of the Russian nation with the Lord would be to rid Red Square of the remains of the main persecutor and executioner of the 20th century, and the destruction of monuments to him. They are all symbols of catastrophe, tragedy, and of the destruction of our God-given Sovereignty. The same applies to the cities, oblasts and streets which are deprived of their original historic names.

….. Truly, we must know to the fullest extent possible the history of the podvig of the Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of Russia. Then, we hope, every Russian person will follow the commands of his own conscience and come to the conclusion that in his God-preserved nation, there is no place for the symbols of the godless state and the names of militant atheists.

Ten years ago, during the great consecration of the church in Butovo Square, Metropolitan Laurus of blessed memory, addressing all those in attendance, said, “The land here is abundantly soaked in the blood of the martyrs, and it is planted with their bones; may it be as an altar unto Christ our God. A prophet said long ago about the persecutors of the Church of Christ: ‘I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a green bay tree. Yet he passed away, and, lo, he was not: yea, I sought him, but he could not be found’ (Psalms 37:35-36). May their memory be wiped away in the hearts of men, and the Church of Christ established forever in the Russian land!”    (read all)

AMEN!

THE NAME OF THE CITY IS CONSTANTINOPLE

March 8, 2017

I agree with every word of this article by father Lawrence Farley, with one exception: the Roman Christian Empire (so-called Byzantium) may be gone, but the name of the City is Constantinople still!

FORGIVE US, SOVEREIGN

February 23, 2017

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“We must make a very important conclusion from the events of a century ago: we must atone for their sins and those of our ancestors by our good works; we must build a kind and just society, we must overcome sin in our personal and communal lives, seeing the sorrows of those who are weak, feeble, hungry, bare, thirsty, or in prison or in hospitals.”

Just as is currently happening in Ukraine, so in the years after the Russian revolution, brother rose up against brother, shedding blood with terrible cruelty, Patriarch Kirill noted. And those who participated in the revolution later fell victim to Soviet repressions, receiving payment for their wicked deeds. “God’s judgment on the bloody events of 1917 has already happened in the history of our nation, just as it occurs in the personal life of every person,” he added.

The Reigning Mother of God Icon, one of the holiest icons of Russia, was also brought to the Liturgy. It was found in the church in Kolomenskoye Park on March 15, 1917, the day that Tsar Nicholas II abdicated abdication was forced and forged by the betrayers of the Anointed ruler, the Christian Emperor (correction by Maedhros).

Repentance for that blasphemous cataclysm, which unleashed all the power of Hell upon the earth, removing “he who did restrain”, must be offered by every Christian worth His name, everywhere. The restoration of the Christian Empire is the only hope to reverse the satanic grip which has taken hold on human societies since the apostasy of a century ago.

By apostasy the First Rome fell, XI century; by apostasy fell the Second, XV century; by apostasy fell the Third, XX century.

A Fourth there will not be, but the Third may be restored.

MEATFARE SATURDAY

February 18, 2017

The Commemoration of the Dead

The power and action of prayer for the souls of the departed is even greater than prayer for the living. There is no greater comfort than prayer and no greater joy than joy in the Lord for those who are separated from their bodies. It is unjust, as some think, to assume that the needs of our departed brethren are unknown to us. However, this is not true. The spiritual needs of the dead are the same as the spiritual needs of the living. The dead need the mercy and goodness of the Heavenly Father, forgiveness and remission of sins, grace-filled help from God in the fulfillment of all good desires, and the peace and ease of the heart and conscience. These things are most important both for the living and the dead. Give rest, O Lord, to the souls of Thy departed servants is the continual prayer and best intention of our Mother Church for the souls of Her departed. We should also beseech the Lord with this intention for the departed souls of our own loved ones.

Hieromartyr John of Riga

The dead indeed cannot repent.

A lot of holy literature is reported in this article, about that verse of Psalm 6; but…. may I humbly suggest to add the edifying words of the Holy Fathers about what our Lord said too?

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.”

Perhaps the absolute sovereignty of God is left out in that article; indeed, what is impossible for men, it’s possible for God. Perhaps the dead are not able to remind God anymore, but the Lord can remind Him to them.
The Lord commanded to be baptized to be saved, yet the first to be saved was not.
When mercy is involved, the Lord is not bound by anything, not even His Statutes.

In fact, I think that it would be an act of mercy to always end articles stating (correctly) the impossibility for the dead to repent, with a reminder that their fate is anyway not sealed.
The eternity is for the age to come, until then prayers, almsgiving and good deeds made on their behalf by the living act as fruit of repentance for the dead (St. John of Riga, St. Teophane the Recluse, St. Gregory the Dialogist, St. Joseph the Hesycast and many others affirm this).

Only one fate is sealed, in this age and in the age to come: the fate of the blasphemers against the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth.

The dead cannot do anything without the living, just like the living cannot do anything without the Lord.

Missing this reminder, the danger is great for the little ones, above all for those who have come lately to the Church and have all their dear ones departed outside the Grace of His Body. It’s a danger of despair or a danger of falling in comforting lies like the apocatastasis and the various eclectic delusions which abound out there.

Nel giorno in cui la Tua Chiesa ricorda alla Tua misericordia i suoi figli, o Signore, oso ricordarTi anche tutti coloro che son dipartiti da questo mondo lontani dalla Tua Grazia, privati dei salvifici misteri del Tuo Corpo, e magari con terribili peccati a gravare la loro coscienza, non riconosciuti, ne’ confessati.

Nel Tuo buon piacere, Signore, nella Tua infinita bonta’ e misericordia, nella Tua assoluta sovranita’, ricordati ti prego anche di loro e abbi misericordia. Tu che ti sei degnato di prendere la nostra stessa carne e conosci fino in fondo la nostra miseria e debolezza, Tu che hai voluto subire fino in fondo la nostra iniquita’ solo per restituirci una speranza di salvezza, Tu che hai camminato e sofferto nell’inganno che domina interamente questo mondo, considera che in quello stesso inganno loro nacquero, da quell’inganno furono cresciuti ed in quell’inganno son morti, ed abbi misericordia di loro.

Signore di ogni misericordia, Tu che chiedesti misericordia perfino per chi ti stava inchiodando alla Croce, ricordati ti prego anche di loro ed abbi misericordia. Nega al Maligno, o Signore, il bottino che pensa di aver cosi’ indegnamente guadagnato, concedigli come compagni nel fato di distruzione che si e’ scelto solo coloro che lo hanno servito consapevolmente, i bestemmiatori dello Spirito Santo. A tutti gli altri, o Signore ti prego, degnati di concedere, nei tempi e nei modi che solo Tu conosci, la tua parola di salvezza.

Non per la preghiera di un miserabile, o Signore, ma per l’intercessione della Tua purissima Madre e di tutti i Tuoi santi. Amen!

WHY DO YOU WANT TO KILL YOUR BABY?

February 8, 2017

If we don’t stop murdering our children, the Lord will wipe us out of the face of the earth!

“Why do you want to kill your baby? Give him to me. I’ll raise him and feed him. And moreover, I’ll take him at any moment, as soon as you say ‘I’ll give him to you.’ Just don’t kill him.”

I have just one rule:

You’ll give birth, but don’t tell anyone you’re giving it up. You breastfeed him in the hospital, and then we’ll quietly come for you in a car and take your child. Here’s my telephone number. If you change your mind we’ll bring him back, even to Vladivostok if you go there, so you won’t waste a ticket. If I deceive you, you can always “narc” on me: “This priest messed with my head. Here’s his number and address.”

You don’t need anything. I’ll give you money so you can rebound!

So explain to me: why kill your baby? What’s the point here? You will have a sin on your conscience. You don’t know how old women (who had abortions in their youth) come and weep. Stand here, wait, here comes one now. I’ll call you over—you listen to what she says, how she suffers now. And you’ll be suffering your whole life. But here you’ll have a clean conscience. They used to bring them and throw them into monasteries, giving them over to be raised, or to childless women who never married. Just don’t kill your baby!

Fr. Dimitry Smirnov

Meet 12 beautiful babies saved from abortion in 2016

GIORNATA DELLA MEMORIA

February 5, 2017

Sunday of the Publican and the Pharisee. Tone eight.

New Martyrs and Confessors of Russian Church

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But from where have we heard a universal call to repentance? Where have we seen the archpastors and pastors weeping rivers of tears between the porch and the altar to spare their people?

We have placed the diplomatic talents of the hierarchs on a more important level than the Word of God. On them we have placed hope, on them we have placed our salvation. By a lie we have tried to preserve the Kingdom of Truth.

The Lord has mocked them and unto the end is sending upon them His wrath. Is it not before our eyes that the joy and gladness from the house of God (Joel 1:16) is taken away?

They are withering, yes, withering away the visible aspect of the Church to its foundation.

My children, the judgement of God is taking place. Let us fall in repentance before the Lord and find within ourselves the strength to say with the prophet: I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, until He plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: He will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold His righteousness (Micah 7:9).

Our Lord is calling us to accept a new form of salvation. Many churches built by the hands of man, filled with many treasures, were kept open for centuries. At the same time many temples not made by human labor [Cf. II Cor. 5:1] were in a terrible state of decline and left unused. Now that the churches built by man’s labor are being destroyed, in the repentant yearning for them are raised temples built by the hands of God. The flames of humble martyrdom are beginning to be ignited in all places, especially in the inaccessible regions. Hungry, impoverished, frozen, isolated from the world, on the barren earth, in the snow or in roadside cabins, without coffins and the sacred rites —are dying priests, monks and faithful laity. In the contrite temples of departing souls, prayers are raised for the entire Church, which has fallen to the love of the external. The rites and customs mean more than the spirit of the Church, which is not finding in itself, even in these times of distinct tribulations, the healing tears of contrition. Sparks of enduring confession are lit everywhere, from the Arctic Ocean to the scorching desert. In repentant weeping are praying those people who, through endurance of tribulations, have opened the temples of their hearts and who have been banished from serving in the temples of God!

New Hieromartyr Sergei Mechev

THE FEAR OF GOD

February 4, 2017

This article is substantially correct: the fear of God is the fear of Love.

Yet I think we must add a reminder to it.
This Love, just the same Love, because He’s immutable, did erase every living creature from the earth but those in the Ark with the Flood, shortening sharply at the same time our lifespan subsequentely.

This same Love makes the demons tremble! This same Love requires a perfect hatred of evil!

This reminder is necessary, otherwise many people could not understand what possibly they should fear of Love, substituting Him with their fantasies or lusts, where love is seen as tolerating everything and everybody, ever ready to make any compromise with evil.

This Love is the only source of everything and will not tolerate anybody not responding to His call in the Kingdom. Not one ounce of evil will be tolerated into the new heavens and the new earth. Human weaknesses, yes, but not evil, cheating, self-love and self-justification.

For if God did not spare the angels who sinned, but cast them down to hell and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved for judgment; and did not spare the ancient world, but saved Noah, one of eight people, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood on the world of the ungodly;  and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)— then the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment

This Love is the divine Love, not the human love, ready to compromise to preserve his peace, which is not the Peace of the Lord. The Peace of the Lord to this world is a sword, a fire.

In short, human love will be deemed worthy to partecipate in the eternal bliss of divine Love only through repentance, which definitely means (also) respecting His Commandments.

 For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome.

In spirit and truth, not in the letter; that is, a violent, sincere and unceasing struggle of our damaged will to be His image and to grow into His likeness.
Our failures will be many, but asking for bread we’ll not receive stones!