Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Δια των θλίψεων σώζεται ο άνθρωπος, χωρίς θλίψεις κανείς δεν εσώθη....( Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεΐτης )

Πως λοιπόν θα δικαιολογηθώμεν, όταν σκεφθώμεν ότι ο Χριστός μας έπαθε τόσα φοβερά παθήματα, χωρίς να πράξη κανένα αμάρτημα, διότι ήτο Θεός; Σκέψου την φοβεράν συγκατάβασιν του απείρου Θεού, να γίνη άνθρωπος και να πάθη τόσα αισχύνης γέμοντα πάθη χάριν ημών των αμαρτωλών, των ενόχων και κατακρίτων! Να ραπισθή εις το πρόσωπον, να Τον μαστιγώσουν, να Τον υβρίσουν, να Τον σταυρώσουν, να αποθάνη με τον πιο κακόν θάνατον, «επικατάρατος πας ο κρεμάμενος επί ξύλου» ( Γαλ. 3,13 ). Αυτός ως Θεός δι’ ημάς τους αμαρτωλούς έπαθε τόσα, τι έχομεν να απολογηθώμεν, εάν δεν υπομένωμεν ένα πειρασμόν δια την αγάπην Του, ή έστω και δια τας αμαρτίας μας;
Δια των θλίψεων σώζεται ο άνθρωπος, χωρίς θλίψεις κανείς δεν εσώθη. Ο δρόμος που πηγαίνει εις τον Θεόν είναι στενός και ακανθώδης και όποιος θέλει να τον περιπατήση, στενοχωρείται και ματώνει και ιδρώνει. Αυτόν ας περιπατήσωμεν, δια να πάμε εις την αιώνιον ζωήν.

Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεΐτης

No matter what happened with your parents, confession forgives and erases everything....

No matter what happened with your parents, confession forgives and erases everything, my dear brother in the Lord. Recall how much the prodigal son sinned (vid. Lk. 16:19-31 ), and how much he grieved his father with his reckless life. But when he repented, at once his father’s arms opened and the past was wiped out as if it had never happened. So the cure for your sad parents has already occurred, for the change of your life to a spiritual life has rectified everything. Now that they are in the true life, they are informed by God about the change of your lifestyle and your repentance, for them. If, when we sin against our true Father, God, He forgives us no matter what we have done, how much more so will our parents be pleased, there in the true life, where they see things clearly. They know human weakness and how easily youth slips, and they are aware of the great master of evil, the devil, who was the cause for all the troubles. Instead, they will be thankful to you that through you they receive aid from God. Remain fully at peace, my brother. Walk the path of repentance with a peaceful mind, and do not let the past trouble you. “Forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forward to those things which are ahead” (Phil. 3:14 ), we should look to the goal of our salvation. As soon as man says, “I have sinned!” God forgives him immediately and overlooks his sins. How much did blessed Augustine grieve that holy mother of his! Nevertheless, what sanctity and eros of God he attained later! With repentance everything is corrected. There is nothing that overcomes the compassion of God. “He is merciful to the last and provides for the first; to this one He gives, and to that one He shows kindness” (Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom ). The love of God covers and corrects everything. No one is sinless except for one-God.

Elder Ephraim of Arizona