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Lord Jesus Christ approaches us in order to enter our hearts – Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery of Holy Mount Athos, Greece (+2019)

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ORTHODOXY OF MY HEART

Lord Jesus Christ approaches us

in order to enter our hearts

Blessed Elder Aimilianos of Simonopetra Monastery of Holy Mount Athos in Greece (+2019), said:

“Let us consider the way in which the psalmist speaks about the divinity of Christ. He does not try to coerce us into belief. What we believe is a matter of indifference to him. He simply announces a fact: the one addressed in the psalm is a priest, a king, and my God (cf Ps 145:1). There is no need of any further explanation. If you so wish, believe in Him; if not, don’t believe. In either case, He remains the Eternal King, seated upon His throne. If you so wish, offer Him your heart, for we encounter God in faith, in the spacious freedom of the heart. The Lord does not approach us in order to sway us with arguments and theories. He approaches us in order to enter our hearts”.

Source:

https://apriestoftheorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com

https://apriestoftheorthodoxchurch.wordpress.com/2019/05/09/learning-from-the-fathers-elder-aimilianos-of-simonopetra-10/

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On the desire for monasticism – Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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On the desire for monasticism

Blessed Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

One father asked Elder Joel, “Father Joel, why do you encourage girls to become nuns?”

“I don’t encourage them, but I don’t interfere. I neither ignite nor extinguish the desire for monasticism. I don’t ignite it because it’s not within my power: Only the Holy Spirit can do so. But I don’t extinguish it because I should not do so. Who am I to extinguish a flame that God lights?”

“But if you’re not encouraging them to become nuns, then how do you explain that so many girls who confess to you want to become nuns?”

“Your question would be correctly reformulated this way: ‘Why do so many girls who want to become nuns come to you for confession?’ Then I would answer you, ‘Because everyone knows that I don’t discourage people from monasticism.’ Thus, they come to me because they are sure that I won’t oppose their desire. Do you understand now?”

Source:

http://orthochristian.com

http://orthochristian.com/115308.html

ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY