Saturday, May 30, 2015
Η ζωή του μοναχού είναι σταυρός καθημερινός. Ο Ιησούς Χριστός, μας καλεί να συσταυρωθώμεν όσοι Τον αγαπώμεν και μετά θα γίνη η ανάστασις της ψυχής, η πνευματική αγαλλίασις. Δριμύς ο χειμών, αλγεινή η πήξις, αλλά γλυκύς ο παράδεισος.
Σηκώσατε τα μάτια σας και ίδετε την άνω Ιερουσαλήμ, εκεί όπου η ευτυχία, η χαρά και η μακαριότης θα διαιωνίζηται εις τους αιώνας των αιώνων! Ω, τι χαρά, τι ευφροσύνη, αιώνια να ζη κανείς πλησίον του Θεού!
Ναι, παιδιά μου, ας αγαπήσωμεν αλλήλους, διότι εκεί είναι όλο αγάπη και όποιος δεν έχει αγάπην, εκεί δεν εισέρχεται.
Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας
Περί σωτηρίας ψυχής και Παραδείσου.
Do you think that He Who numbers the hairs of your head does not know the measure of your suffering?
In this world, my child, people are divided into good and bad, rich and poor, educated and uneducated, noble and lowborn, smart and not so smart. All, however, have one thing in common: suffering. For without exception all people will suffer in their life. As the maxim says: “It is a wonder if anyone has been happy throughout his life”. So then, all people live in the kingdom of suffering.
We know that suffering is something personal, which one must face alone. It is his cross, which he must carry, just as the Savior of the world, Jesus, carried His cross for our sake. So be at ease, my child, in the paternal hand, which at this time performs surgery on you by means of suffering, and be calm. Accept that God sends it to you, reconcile yourself with suffering, so that you will be able to face it. I know how difficult this is, but also how beneficial for your salvation.
The saints rejoiced in their afflictions; let us at least accept ours with patience, and God will not forget even this miniscule, voluntary patient acceptance of His will, which is represented by suffering. My child, muster the powers of your soul when you suffer, and try to understand the purpose of suffering, through which God opens heaven for you.
Do you think that He Who numbers the hairs of your head does not know the measure of your suffering? Yes, He knows it. Therefore be at rest, trusting in our heavenly Father. Do not grow weary; with our Christ’s help you will pass through everything, and will also become His heir in the boundless fortune of our common Father. Amen.
Elder Ephraim of Arizona
Counsels from the Holy Mountain
On Afflictions, Pain, and Labors