Saturday, April 29, 2017

Την τραγικήν δοκιμασίαν που επέρασεν ο Γέροντάς μου Ιωσήφ ( Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεϊτης )

Μέσα εις τας θλίψεις υπάρχει ο Χριστός και εις την ανάπαυσιν το πνεύμα του διαβόλου. Εις αυτήν την τραγικήν δοκιμασίαν που επέρασεν ο Γέροντάς μου Ιωσήφ, πόσον ησθάνετο τον Χριστόν!
 Ενώ εις άλλους η ώρα της προσεγγίσεως του θανάτου προξενεί τρόμον και φόβον, αυτός τω έρωτι του Χριστού διετέλει. Τι θαύμα τούτο! «Ο Χριστός χθες και σήμερον ο αυτός και εις τους αιώνας» ( Εβρ. 13,8 ).

Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεϊτης

Are you able to enumerate the mercies of God?

 Are you able to enumerate the mercies of God? The sins of the worst person, before the compassion of God, are like a handful of sand in the ocean. There is no sin which overcomes the compassion of God. God may be portrayed as our mother: is it possible for the sin of a child to overcome his mother’s love? If a mother loves her child so much, how infinitely does God love us, Who clearly proved this by being crucified on the Cross? 
The Apostle Peter denied the Lord three times, yet through repentance he was restored. 
The great persecutor of Christians, the Apostle Paul, through repentance became the chief of the Apostles. 
Prostitutes, thieves, tax collectors, and innumerable other guilty people were sanctified by repentance. For this reason, cast away your distress and excessive remorse; be hopeful; take courage, and drive away every thought of despair.

Elder Ephraim of Arizona