Wednesday, June 21, 2017

WHAT IS CHRISTIAN LIFE?

 “Christian life and having ease in life do not go together; they are different things”.

 
Saint Paisios the Athonite 
(1924-1994)

Monday, June 12, 2017

TRUST IN GOD

Satan is near the person who seeks God. 
Satan is always near those who trust in God. 
And Satan will do all that he can to destroy their trust in God. Don’t be surprised by your temptation to disbelieve in God. 
It comes from Satan. 
And he will not be tired of offering that temptation time and again.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

THE HOLY TRINITY

St Augustine, the Holy Trinity, the Child and the SeaShell

Today, 11 June 2017, on the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, we remember the legend of St Augustine and the Seashell. 
The great Doctor of the Church St. Augustine of Hippo spent over 30 years working on his treatise De Trinitate [about the Holy Trinity], endeavouring to conceive an intelligible explanation for the mystery of the Trinity.
He was walking by the seashore one day contemplating and trying to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity when he saw a small boy running back and forth from the water to a spot on the seashore.   The boy was using a sea shell to carry the water from the ocean and place it into a small hole in the sand.
The Bishop of Hippo approached him and asked, “My boy, what are doing?”
“I am trying to bring all the sea into this hole,” the boy replied with a sweet smile.
“But that is impossible, my dear child, the hole cannot contain all that water” said Augustine.
The boy paused in his work, stood up, looked into the eyes of the Saint, and replied, “It is no more impossible than what you are trying to do – comprehend the immensity of the mystery of the Holy Trinity with your small intelligence.”
The Saint was absorbed by such a keen response from that child, and turned his eyes from him for a short while.   When he glanced down to ask him something else, the boy had vanished.
Infront of this great mystery let us all say: GLORY TO THE FATHER, AND TO THE SON, AND TO THE HOLY SPIRIT AMEN.

HOW THE SOUL GROWS

 God teaches the soul by pains and obstacles, not by ideas. 
Jean-Pierre de Caussade, Abandonment to Divine Providence