Sunday, June 28, 2015

Κάθε νύκτα κάμε κριτικήν το πώς διήλθες την ημέραν...

Κάθε νύκτα κάμε κριτικήν το πώς διήλθες την ημέραν, και το πρωϊ, πως επέρασεν η νύκτα, ώστε να ηξεύρης τι ταμείον έχει η ψυχή σου, και αν ζημίαν οίδας, προσπάθησον να την ανακαλέσης δια της προσοχής και βίας. Αν δε αύξησιν, δόξαζε τον αφανή αρωγόν σου, τον Θεόν.
Μην αφήσης τον έλεγχον της συνειδήσεώς σου επί πολύ, αλλά συντόμως δίδε ό,τι ζητεί, μήπως σε οδηγήση εις τον κριτήν και εις την φυλακήν. Ζητεί το συνειδός την επιμέλειαν και την επανάκτησιν του κανόνος και της προσευχής; Δώσε τα και ιδού απηλλάγης της οδού προς τον κριτήν. 
Μην εξασθενήσης την σωτήριον φωνήν της συνειδήσεως εν τη καταφρονήσει αυτής, διότι θα μεταμεληθής εις το ύστερον χωρίς όφελος.

Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας

Ας εξομολογούμεθα συχνά με ευλάβειαν και καθαράν συνείδησιν.

Ας εξομολογούμεθα συχνά με ευλάβειαν και καθαράν συνείδησιν. 
Να τηρώμεν τας εντολάς του πνευματικού. Να προσευχώμεθα αδειαλείπτως. 
Να έχωμεν την μνήμην θανάτου και δυνατός ο Θεός να μας αξιώση της άλλης ζωής κοντά Του,  δια να συγχαίρωμεν με τους αγίους, εις την θριαμβεύουσαν Εκκλησίαν.

Γέροντας Εφραίμ της Αριζόνας


He who bears his cross for the love of Christ will be raised by the Lord on the last day.

 About the grief that torments you, I have told you many times that it is your cross which our Jesus has given to you so that you may become an imitator of Him and not be a stranger to His love. 

For whoever loves Him sincerely follows Him not only to Mount Tabor, where the glory of His divinity appeared (in other words, not only at the time of His visitation through His sweet grace and joy ), but follows Him also on the uphill climb to Golgotha and His Crucifixion (in other words, also in the absence of His grace and in sorrowful occurrences, which produce distress, pain, despair, perplexity, labor, and sweat). 

Precisely then is the inner man tested and it is revealed what he is: counterfeit or true, skilled or unskilled, captain or sailor. Precisely then are our intentions tested, and he who is courageous and patient is rewarded internally by the visitation of God through the increase of grace. 

In this manner, the Christian is trained in the spiritual struggle until he reaches the end and finds rest. Struggle philosophically; carry your cross with patience and joy until you bring it to the Place of the Skull, to the tomb, so that our Jesus may give you the resurrection! 

He who bears his cross for the love of Christ will be raised by the Lord on the last day. How long will our life be? The time of our death is unknown, whereas patience will be rewarded eternally. This cross of grief you are bearing has already given you very much, and how much more it will give you! And yet you do not see this, for God wisely hides it from you for your benefit. Entreat God continuously to give you patience, and thank Him with knowledge; then you will be able to endure joyfully, awaiting your salvation through these afflictions.

Elder Ephraim of Arizona 

Counsels from the Holy Mountain
Chapter Two
On Afflictions, Pain, and Labors