Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Αγωνισθῆτε νά ἀποκτήσετε

” Μή χάνετε το θάρρος εἰς τόν αγῶνα · ὁ Χριστός μας ἀοράτως ἵσταται προσέχων ἑκάστου τόν αγῶνα. Λοιπόν ἀγωνίζεσθε εἰς τήν υπομονήν · κράζετε τό ὄνομα τοῦ Ἰησοῦ μας , ὅπως ἐμφυτευθῇ μέσα στήν καρδίαν σας , καί γίνετε πλούσιοι εἰς τήν χάριν τοῦ Θεοῦ . Αγωνισθῆτε νά ἀποκτήσετε διάνοιαν καθαράν , ὅπως αἰσθανθῆτε τήν χάριν τῆς Ἁγίας Ἀναστάσεως. ”

Γέροντας Εφραίμ ο Φιλοθεΐτης

Nobody is perfect

"Each person must bear the weaknesses of others. Who is perfect? Who can boast that he has kept his heart undefiled? Hence, we are all sick, and whoever condemns his brother does not perceive that he himself is sick, because a sick person does not condemn another sick person."

Elder Ephraim of  Arizona

Remembrance of Death

Everything in this vain world will pass.
The world and life are a fair, and each person can buy eternal life with the `` money `` of his life.

How wise is the person who spends his money - his life - buying whatever he will need for the hour
of death and the tribunal of God!

Let us buy precious things that are pleasing to the great King: confession, humility, purity of soul and body from carnal sins, godly love, and keeping ourselves far from criticizing others, idle talk, lying, etc. When we master all this , we shall be wealthy in God`s blessed land.

Elder Ephraim of Arizona
Counsels from the Holy Mountain