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Consciousness of your poverty with complete trust in God is evidence of a person's life in God and with God

Consciousness of your poverty with complete trust in God is evidence of a person's life in God and with God

27 May 2018
Tags: Religion, Christianity

Word on the Day of the Holy Trinity

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!

Dear brothers and sisters, today we are celebrating the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Church and on each of us - the day of the Holy Trinity!

Ten days ago the disciples of the Savior experienced about parting with their Teacher and Lord! But the Savior said to them: "You do not have to grieve over the separation from Me, when she will give you so much blessing and so much wisdom. For while I myself remain with you and the Spirit does not come, you can understand nothing great or high. "

That is, without live communication with God, without convergence on the man of the Spirit of God, he can not comprehend anything, great or high.

"In God, life ... Alienation and separation from God is the most unbearable evil even of the future Gehenic torments, the worst evil for a person, both for the eyes deprivation of light and for the living, the taking away of life" [1].

The "communication of God" must be an everlasting, continuous state of a person, so if there is no communication with God, if it is not felt, a person must admit that he stands outside his purpose and his purpose. A state in which a person realizes that God is true is his God and he is God himself, that is, says in his heart to God: my Lord and my God (John 20: 28), there is a single decisive sign of the presence in him of the beginning of a truly Christian spiritual life "[2].

All of us are called to become the abode of the Holy Trinity and, as the Savior says, we will come and make our abode with him! (In. 14: 23).

And this action in us of God, in the Trinity of the worshiped, is his communion with our spirit. This communication is from God, inseparable in the Three Faces. That's why it is said that both the Son, the Holy Spirit, and the Father are entering into fellowship with us. This is how great is the mercy of God to us: The Triune God lives in us!

But the very communion with God is accomplished by the grace of the Holy Spirit, who builds a dwelling in us, and with God the Father and the Son of God settles in us.

"The Spirit of God lives in the Church. And does the Spirit of God live in us? "What happens to the soul of a person, to the person himself when he meets God?

Let us remember Abraham and the prophet Isaiah. Looking to God and seeing the greatness of His omnipotence, Abraham knew his poverty before God, recognized himself as earth and ashes.

Also, the prophet Isaiah, when he saw God on the throne, also knew his poverty, poverty before God. The one who sees God sees himself, and the more clearly he sees God and himself, the more reverent He reveres with great reverence, and himself humiliates himself. "Who are You, Lord? and who am I? You are the abyss of being and true glory; and I am the abyss of insignificance and wickedness! "[3].

Also, the apostle Peter, seeing the miracle accomplished by the Lord, and seeing his poverty, exclaimed: "Go away from me, Lord! because I am a sinful person "(Luke 5: 8).

"The Spirit of God intimately acts on the spirit of man and sets it in motion, restores in it a feeling of all-round dependence on God that God exists, everything contains and is the Savior. All this awakens our conscience, which is the witness of our deeds and feelings, between which there is rarely anything that God would approve of. Conscience, together with the fear of God and a feeling of all-round dependence on God, puts a person in the hopelessness of their situation: as the Holy Scripture says, "Where will I go ... where will I run?" (Psalm 138: 7). But there is nowhere to escape: caught and in the hands of God "[4].

"If you see your sins, like the sand of the sea, and this is the beginning of enlightenment of the soul and a sign of its health"

Therefore, the holy fathers say: "If you see your sins, like the sand of the sea, and this is the beginning of enlightenment of your soul and a sign of its health" [5].

That is, communicating with God, the human soul, first of all, sees its poverty. "Success in spiritual life is manifested by an ever greater and greater consciousness of its worthlessness, in the full meaning of this word, without any restrictions; so if the price is given to itself, in whatever respect, it went wrong "[6].

Therefore, according to the holy fathers, "a heartfelt combination with the Lord <...> relies in the knowledge of his poverty and the knowledge of the wealth of Jesus Christ. Faith brings the wealth of Christ to its poverty and for that reason combines heart with the Lord. "[7]. It is this knowledge of one's own poverty, with the hope of God, that is the sign of the communion of the soul with God.

The vision of his poverty gives rise to a vision of the abundance of God's mercies in man - and the countless multitudes of God's mercies

This vision of his poverty gives rise to a vision in the man of the abundance of God's mercies that are God in the Providence about man, that every person is surrounded on all sides by the favors of God, that, as St. Theophan the Recluse says, you breathe less than receive mercies, and that the very moment, than the very distance from mercy to mercy.

We do not notice many troubles, because they pass unnoticed for us. But turning back, we can not help but see that there was trouble there and there, and passed us, and how it passed, we can not say. Such innumerable to us - to each of us - the mercies of God.

Hence, thanksgiving to God is born and joy, joyful acceptance of everything that happens in life. Because then a person always sees the hand of the Lord, harassing him from sorrows and troubles. Such a person is happy to everyone, like the poor, who takes everything and is pleased with every alms.

There is such akathist "Glory to God for everything", it was one of the favorite akathists of Father John (Peasant Woman). It pours out thanks to the soul of the human God for all the mercies that He surrounds her. For what kind of mercy?

  • For all your guided and secret benefactions, for earthly life and for the heavenly joys of the Kingdom of Your future (Kontakion 1);
  • [for] the generous gifts of Your Providence, revealed to me from the first day until now (Ikos 1);
  • Because You called me to life (Ikos 1);
  • Because You showed me the beauty of the universe (Ikos 1);
  • Because you opened heaven and earth before me like a great book of wisdom (Ikos 1);
  • Because he loved us with deep, immeasurable, Divine love (Ikos 12);
  • for secret and manifest mercies of yours (Ikos 1);
  • for the incessant cares of me (Ikos 5);
  • for a promising coincidence of circumstances (Ikos 10);
  • for the happiness of living, moving, contemplating (Ikos 5);
  • for the cup of life, for the bread of eternal joy (Ikos 11);
  • for every step of life, for every moment of joy (Ikos 1);
  • for the bright moments of my life (Ikos 5);
  • for the clear pleasures of the heart (Ikos 5);
  • because you send us failures and tribulations so that we are sensitive to the suffering of others (Ikos 9);
  • for the depth of Your mind, imprinted all over the world (Ikos 3);
  • Because You have surrounded us with thousands of Your creatures (Ikos 3);
  • for the meekness of the animals that serve us (Ikos 5);
  • for fishing meetings with people (Ikos 5);
  • for the love of relatives, for the devotion of friends (Ikos 5);
  • for resting grace-filled sleep (Ikos 4);
  • For Your intimacy in darkness, when the whole world is far away (Ikos 4);
  • for earthly life, a harbinger of heaven (Ikos 2);
  • for the hope of immortal imperishable beauty (Ikos 3);
  • for our unquenchable thirst for God-calling (Yokos 6);
  • for your revelation, for the happiness of feeling You and living with You (Ikos 6);
  • for all that is revealed to us by your goodness; For what You hid in Your wisdom (Ikos 7);
  • for everything, for the Trinity Divine, All-Good! (Ikos 12).

And all this affirms man in his hope for the Providence of God and devotion to the will of God.

So, dear brothers and sisters, let us remember that the consciousness of our poverty with complete trust and devotion to God is the evidence of a person's life in God and with God.


[1] Theophanes the Recluse, saint. The outline of Christian morality. M: The Rule of Faith, 2010. S. 50.

[2] Ibid. S. 54.

[3] Veniamin (Fedchenkov), Metropolitan. The Kingdom of the Holy Trinity // https://azbyka.ru/otechnik/Veniamin_Fedchenkov/tsarstvo-svjatoj-troitsy/.

[4] Theophanes the Recluse, saint. What is spiritual life and how to tune in it. Letter 22 // https://azbyka.ru/otechnik/Feofan_Zatvornik/chto-est-dukhovnaja-zhizn-i-kak-na-nee-nastroitsja/22.

[5] John (Alekseev), schemingman. Letters from the Valaam Starets // https://azbyka.ru/otechnik/Ioann_Valaamskij/pisma_valaamskogo_starca/2.

[6] Theophanes the Recluse, saint. Letters to the Schemonahine of Yeletsky Znamensky Monastery Magdalene (in the world of Sofya Mikhailovna Ivanova). Letter 705 // Theophanes the Recluse, saint. Collection of letters. T. 4 // http://www.xpa-spb.ru/libr/Feofan-Zatvornik/sobranie-pisem-4-705.html.

[7] Theophanes the Recluse, saint. The inscription of the Christian dogma. Feelings and dispositions on the path of reunion with God. Feelings and dispositions on the path of combination with the Lord the Savior //https://azbyka.ru/otechnik/Feofan_Zatvornik/nachertanie-hristianskogo-nravouchenija/4.

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