Beautiful liturgy today.
I was given another wonderful gift today:
the 7th Optina book by
St. Herman's Press
which is a great gift indeed.
I have a lot to read in this series on the
and have loved them;
now if only I would be more constant in
putting into practice what I have read.
I am grateful that God is merciful to the likes of me.
Here's a small sampling of the treasures in these books:
"...the devil, like a lion seeking whom he may devour (1 Peter 5:8)
opposes our good intentions, wars against and
inclines us towards the passions.
When he does not succeed in doing this, then he instills in one
an opinion about one's virtues --warring on the right and the left
against the soldier of Christ.
A sure weapon against him is humility.
One must take care to acquire it
in every way,
during rebukes as well as with regard to the infirmities
of the soul.
Condemnation is a sign of pride and so is anger.
Those who wish to correct themselves but are conquered
by the passions,
providentially receive the trial in order to humble them
involuntarily, and by this they
attract the grace of God
-Elder Macarius, Letter One, page 316
I've had some difficult times at work and realized
that I will have to talk to some colleagues
in relation to these challenges.
I often shy away from such conversations
but they need to happen;
I talked with my spiritual father and he confirmed
that I do need to do this.
Please pray for me for God's peace, the courage and words to say
and for the people who need to hear
Overall my job is very good;
I just need to ensure that it stays that way
and that some things get straitened out.
Thank you for your prayers!!
Wishing everyone a beautiful week.