Friday, February 16, 2018

Κοπίασον τώρα, όσον ημπορείς.. ( Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεΐτης )

Μη τα τροφοδοτής τα πάθη σου με τας υποχωρήσεις, δια να μην υπομένης εις το ύστερον πόνους και θλίψεις! 
Κοπίασον τώρα, όσον ημπορείς, διότι με τον χρόνον, όταν τα πάθη δεν τύχουν επιμελείας, καταλαμβάνουν θέσιν δευτέρας φύσεως και «άντε τρέξε τότε να τα κάνης καλά!» 
Ενώ τώρα, εάν τα καταπολεμήσης νόμιμα καθώς σε συμβουλεύομεν, θα ελευθερωθής και θα νοιώθης ευτυχισμένος αντάμα με την χάριν του Θεού.

Γέροντας Εφραίμ Φιλοθεΐτης 

Our precious time rolls by and disappears before our eyes... ( Elder Ephraim of Arizona )

The years roll by and pass, and day by day each one of us draws closer and closer to the end of this life. Our precious time rolls by and disappears before our eyes, without our realizing, of course, what is escaping us unnoticed. For if the little child knew the worth of gold, he would not prefer to have a cheap candy instead. Doesn’t this also hold true for people, and above all for me? 
When our Lord comes at the appointed time to judge the world; when the heavens are rolled up like a piece of paper, and the earth, which has been thoroughly defiled by those dwelling upon it, is renewed; when the sun, the moon, and the stars fall like autumn leaves; when the trumpet resounds throughout the entire world, and the scattered dry bones are reconstructed and flesh and life come upon them (vid. EZ. 37:1-14 ); when the ranks of the angels will gather in the vastness of heaven in honor of the fearful Judge Who is to come; when small clouds rise up from the infinite multitude of resurrected people and lift upon themselves the holy and saved people to meet the Lord in the air, then those who have remained below and see all these things will weep most bitterly and beat their breasts in despair, reflecting that they wasted their precious time here in pleasures, in drunkenness, in acquiring wealth, in illicit deeds, in avarice, and in every sin, which now condemn them to this most pitiful and lamentable condition of theirs. 
Will they not pathetically seek to have a little time to run to the poor, to the sick, and to every destitute person, so that they also might hear the sweet voice of the Lord saying to them, “Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you… for I was hungry and you gave Me food… I was naked and you clothed Me, etc.”? (Mt. 25:34-36 ). At some time in their lives they heard these things. 
However, in Hades there is no repentance. For this reason, the utmost despair will seize them. They will seek death; they will have a burning desire for it to deliver them from their boundless sufferings, but unfortunately they will not find it, for everything will have already been transformed into immortality! (All this holds true for me….).
Elder Ephraim of Arizona