NORWAY OF YOUR HEART
Abbeden (Åndelige Far) av en Ortodoks Kloster
NORWAY OF YOUR HEART
Abbeden (Åndelige Far) av en Ortodoks Kloster
Oor verskillende begrippe van Verlossing
Metropoliet Kallistos Ware, Engeland
EDELWEISS OF MY HEART
Beichte: Christus schickte Apostel Paul zu einem Beichtvater
Pfarrer Johannes Kostof:
Ein Altvater (Beichtvater) vom Berg Athos in Griechenland sagte: “Die hohe Kunst ist wie man sich selbst rettet, um die Ewigkeit zu gewinnen und für diese Kunst braucht man einen Lehrer. Man kann die Kunst nicht nur aus den Büchern lernen.
Deshalb hat Christus, als er dem Apostel Paul erschien, ihn sofort zu einem Beichtvater, dem Apostel Ananias geschickt. Er sollte ihn belehren und beraten”.
SERBIA OF YOUR HEART
Света тајна исповести
Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић
Свету тајну исповести дефинише православна литургика као Тајну покајања, којом се човек чисти од грехова учињених после крштења. Исповест је, дакле, свештена радња у којој свештеник Цркве силом Духа Светога отпушта и разрешава хришћанина од грехова, које он исповеди и за које се каје. На ово упућују и саме Христове речи изговорене Његовим ученицима у јеванђељу по Јовану: „И ово рекавши, дуну и рече им: Примите Духа Светога! Којима опростите гријехе, опраштају им се; и којима задржите, задржани су“ (Јн. 20,22).
Уосталом, и само Јеванђеље Христово почиње речима о покајању, а оно и у целини говори о љубави Божијој према грешнику. Будући да је Црква у свету – Тело Христово, кроз њу Христос у сваком времену поручује: „Јер нисам дошао да зовем праведнике, но грешнике на покајање“ (Мт.9,13). Љубав Божија према људима је, дакле, основ и смисао Оваплоћења Христовог, али Continue reading “Света тајна исповести – Протосинђел Венијамин Ковачић ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Serbian”
SAINT PAISIOS OF MOUNT ATHOS, GREECE
Advice about Confession
Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)
ST. JOHN THE FORERUNNER
We all know the importance of Confession, but yet so few take advantage of it. Here Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994) shows us why it is so important.
A young man went to see the Elder. I arrived the moment he was ringing the bell, and waited behind him. After a while, Father Paisios opened the door and came to the fence.
-What’s up, young man, what do you want? asked the Elder.
-Father, I would like to see you and get your advice on something.
-Have you gone to confession? Do you have a spiritual father?
-No, Father, I don’t have a spiritual father and I haven’t gone to confession.
-Well, then you better go to confession and then come to see me.
-Why can’t I see you, Father?
-I will explain to you, so you can understand. Your mind is confused and troubled by the sins you have fallen into; as a result, you cannot realize the Continue reading “Advice about Confession – Saint Paisios of Mount Athos, Greece (+1994)”
EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH
Holy Confession: Christ sent Apostle Paul to a Spiritual Father
Fr. John Costoff
Fr. John Costoff, Greece:
An Elder (Spiritual Father) from Holy Mount Athos in Greece, said: “The most superior art is how to save yourself for eternity and you need a teacher for this art. You can’t just learn any kind of art by books alone. That’s why Christ, as soon as He appeared in front of Apostle Paul, He sent him to a Spiritual Father, Apostle Ananias, to teach him and advise him”.
The Holy Confession the poison
Fr. George Paulidis, Bishop of Nicea, Piraeus, Greece (+1990)
Some Holy Tuesday [Tuesday before Sunday Easter] after a sermon in a church of Lamia, Greece, appeared at the end of his short sermon a young man asking insistently to confess that very evening.
Fr. George was jaded and suggested the next day. But the young were kind and insisted on pressing to receive him that very night.
The heart of Fr. George could not refuse such a persistent. And we can imagine the surprised of Fr.George, when the young man pulled from the pocket and enecheirise a small bottle, telling him:
“My father, I wanted to deliver this bottle contained poison because tonight I was thinking about killing myself. Afterward preaching change my mind…”.
Such was his influence.
Source, Greek Book: Fr. John Costoff, From Atheism to Christ,
Publications: St. John Damascene, Athens 2011,
http://www.truthtarget.gr, TRUTH TARGET
IRELAND OF MY HEART
The Lord opened the understanding of my unbelieving heart, so that I should recall my sins.
—Saint Patrick of Ireland (+461)
ORTHODOXY IS LOVE
About the Spiritual Father
Saint Silouan the Athonite (+1931) &
Saint Nikon of Optina, Russia (+1938)
Consider that the Holy Spirit lives in the spiritual father, and He will tell you what to do. But if you think that the spiritual father live negligently, and that the Holy Spirit can’t live in him, you will suffer mightily for such a thought, and the Lord will humble you, and you will straightway fall into delusion.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, II.1)
If a man does not tell everything to his spiritual father, then his path is crooked and does not lead to the Kingdom of Heaven. But the path of one who tells everything leads directly to the Kingdom of Heaven.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.9)
Tell everything to your spiritual father, and the Lord will have mercy on you and you will escape delusion. But if you think that you know more about the spiritual life than your spiritual father, and you stop telling him everything about yourself in confession, then you will immediately be allowed to fall into some sort of delusion, in order that you may be corrected.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XVII.13)
The Holy Spirit acts mystically through the spiritual father, and then when you go out from your spiritual father, the soul feels her renewal. But if you leave your spiritual father in a state of confusion, this means that you did not confess purely and did not forgive your brother all of his sins from your heart.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.11)
The Lord loves us so much that He suffered for us on the Cross; and His suffering was so great that we can’t comprehend it. In the same way our spiritual pastors suffer for us, although we often don’t see their suffering. The greater the love of the pastor, the greater his suffering; and we, the sheep, should understand this, and love and honor our pastors.
(St. Silouan the Athonite, Writings, XIII.2)
The spiritual father only shows to way, like a signpost, but we have to traverse it ourselves. If the spiritual father shows the way and the disciple doesn’t move himself, then he won’t get anywhere, and will rot near the signpost.
(St. Nikon of Optina, Russia)
ORTHODOXY IN CHINA
SAINTS OF MY HEART
Saint Joseph the Hesychast
of Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+1959)
Pure and absolute Confession
Take great care to clean yourself with pure and absolute Confession. Do not leave any sin inside of you, so the enemy cannot find a way to throw you down again.
—Saint Joseph the Hesychast
Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+1959)