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"Self-rule in prayer - falling into charm": instructions Optina elders

"Self-rule in prayer - falling into charm": instructions Optina elders

The Reverend Optina Elders strictly followed the traditions of the holy fathers about the meaning of Jesus' prayer on the path of salvation. Most often they relied on prp. Paisiya Velichkovsky, so as not to lose the experience of his clever doing. And then, in turn, communicate with the spiritual children in the letters, which responded in detail to questions, talked about proper prayer and its important components, reminding the congregation that this sacred prayer - it is very difficult and requires certain skills and inner attitude.

What the saints feared, or about the cowardice, fears and phobias of the righteous

What the saints feared

Fear is an unrecoverable part of human nature. We are afraid for our lives, for the lives of children and relatives, we are afraid of the future, of possible diseases. And even Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane survived the sizzling fear of death when he prayed to his Father: let this cup pass from me (Mt 26: 39). And all the saints experienced the same natural human fears. Sometimes they found the strength to overcome them, and sometimes fear overcame them, but always only temporarily, always just to strengthen the inner courage of their faith.

Who are "difficult children", or how to find a common language with an orphanage

Who are "difficult children", or how to find a common language with an orphanage

The image of the child who lives in the orphanage, many have one: a closed, sometimes aggressive kid or teenager, struggling to contact the adult. But what is the reason for this? How to overcome the resulting alienation in the present and help a person learn to live outside the walls of the orphanage in the future? The author of the article picked up interesting materials about this. However, they can be useful to those who have a "difficult child" - a son or daughter, brother or sister.

Become an open hug. Christ is freedom!

Become an open embrace

How gratifying that God is not like us. What is the happiness, that God is not like us, that He has a completely different view of what is happening in life. Whatever sin you commit, know that God looks at it differently, not like people. Once everyone shamed the sinful wife who came up to the Lord, and only He said that she really loved a lot: "Many are forgiven her sins for loving much" (Luke 7: 47). This woman sinned, but sought in her sins love, deeply in her soul she sought love and in this her search went to fornication, because she did not learn to love correctly.

The Athonite elders are concerned about the multifariousness

The Athonite elders are concerned about the multifariousness

On the third week of Pentecost, the Church recalls the words of Christ about the impossibility of working simultaneously with God and mammon. Without condemning wealth in itself and labor commanded in Paradise, the Lord calls us not to be slaves of love for money and flesh, taking care of ourselves and our loved ones, first of all, for the love of God and for the salvation of the soul. Ten teachings of the Athonite elders about the multifariousness.

The tax collectors, the Sadducees and the Pharisees - who are these people?

The tax collectors, the Sadducees and the Pharisees - who are these people?

We are sorting out the Pharisee together, which means that he is not a good person. Everyone who knows at least a little of the Gospel text knows this. Also, everyone knows that the tax collector is not a good person. It is also known that Jesus Christ, despite their ill-being, the publicans often regretted, and the Pharisees, on the contrary, scolded. But what the Pharisees were so bad and what caused the sympathy of Christ to publicans, not everyone can answer with a run. The reason for this is simple: today people are very vague about who these same tax collectors and Pharisees were, what they were doing, what they were worthy of praise, and what was the censure.

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