Words to remember

1.  The Blessed Elder Macarius of Optina (+ 1860) found it necessary to write a special “Warning to those reading spiritual Patristic books and desiring to practice the mental Prayer of Jesus.” [2] Here this great Father almost of our own century tells us clearly what our attitude should be to these spiritual states: “The holy and God-bearing Fathers wrote about great spiritual gifts not so that anyone might strive indiscriminately to receive them, but so that those who do not have them, hearing about such exalted gifts and revelations which were received by those who were worthy, might acknowledge their own profound infirmity and great insufficiency, and might involuntarily be inclined to humility, which is more necessary for those seeking salvation than all other works and virtues.” Again, St. John of the Ladder (6th century) writes: “Just as a pauper, seeing the royal treasures, all the more acknowledges his own poverty; so also the spirit, reading the accounts of the great deeds of the Holy Fathers, involuntarily is all the more humbled in its way of thought” (Step 26:25). Thus, our first approach to the writings of the Holy Fathers must be one of humility

2.  What are our responsibilities as Christians?” . To this question, the Church has a ready answer: Pray, fast, attain humility, and let God move in His own way and in His own time.

3. A holy father on Prayer: “To Pray means to give Thanks”

4. For understanding: THEOPHANI : Gudomens uppenbarelse i gudomlig härlighet. (sv.) (https://thoughtsintrusive.wordpress.com/2013/01/20/definition-of-dogma/)

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