The fourth instruction (Thursday)
Quotations from the book "Soulful teachings and messages"
1. A great calamity endures in the winter not having a home. I want a man to acquire every day from every virtue (Prov., Abba John). First there must be a foundation, that is, faith. Then obedience, long-suffering, abstinence; Further - compassion and cutting off the will under the cover of gentleness. On both sides is patience and courage. And the roof is love. Lime is humility, connections are reasoning.
2. Whoever does not have courage in the soul, he will not have patience, and who does not have patience, he can not do anything decisively.In your patience gather your souls(Luke21: 19).
3. As a ship can not be built without nails, so you can not be saved without humility.
4. Reasonably silent thinks that he is not worthy to speak, as the fathers said, and this is a reasonable silence.
5. Who does not reasonably consider himself better than others, he thinks that he is nothing, and that he is not worthy to be among the people, as he said about himself and Abba Moses: "Black! You are not a man, why are you between people? "
6. Reasonably ServingPatientServes to acquire a merciful heart in order to acquire a sense of compassion, for whoever has this goal, whatever happens to him - whether sorrow from the outside or the patient himself is a little bit pampered against him - he embraces all this without embarrassment, looking at his goal And knowing that the sicker is more charitable to him than he is to the sick.
7. Who is rationally serving the sick, he is freed from the passions and from the abuse.
8. Whoever fasts intelligently does not think that he does virtue, and does not want to be praised as a fast, but thinks that through abstinence he will acquire chastity, and through this will come to humility, as the Fathers say: the path to humility is the work of the body, Made intelligently.
9. Every virtue man must perform so intelligently that he can internalize it and turn it into a skill, and such, as we have said, turns out to be a skilful artist, an architect who can build his house firmly.
10. One must not say that virtues are great, and he can not reach them, for whoever says so does not rely on God's help or is lazy to devote himself to something good. We must not only ask, but seek and act.
11. The good will of God is good: all that is done according to the commandment is to love one another, be compassionate, do charity and the like.
12. The will of God is pleasing: when one does alms, not by any impulse to the human, but for the sake of good itself, out of one compassion.
13. The will of God is perfect: when one does alms not with stinginess, not with laziness, not with coercion, but with all power and will, giving as if he himself took it, and so beneficently, as if he himself accepted beneficence. She ischaritySo great that it can forgive sins.
14. God does not reject anyone, but gives to everyone what he desires, unless it harms his soul.
15. No one can say: I'm poor and I have nothing to give alms ... You have the power and you can serve mercifully to the weak brother. Can not do this? "You can comfort your brother with a word."Is not this the word for the betterment of the good?(Sir.18: 17).
16. Can you, when your brother will be angry with you, give him mercy and suffer him during his ministry, seeing him tempted by a common enemy. You can also, when your brother sins before you, to have mercy on him and forgive his sin. The grace given to the soul is greater to the body.
17. Placidity in food gives rise to all evil for man.
18. Do not let your eyes of freedom, do not look at anyone shamelessly and without fear.
19. Everyone who does something must necessarily have a goal and know why he is doing it, what kind of goal should we have?In mind, When we visit each other:
20. Abba Anthony, when he came to someone, he only noticed that he had every good, he borrowed it from him and acquired himself. From one borrowed meekness, from the other humility, from another silence, and thus combined the virtues of each of them.
21. Everyone receives harm and benefit from his own mental organization. He that looks shall be meekly pardoned (cf. Prov.12: 13). If a person does not notice the vices of the neighbor, then with the help of God is born in him goodness.
22. Do not command with authority, but with humility, as if advising your brother, for such a word is acceptable and more convincing and calms the neighbor.
23. Remember that you are defeated by the passion of anger and, judging by your own weakness, have compassion for your brother.
24. If you, being reprimanded by another, fond of anger, you will only fulfill your own passion.
25. First of all, we must take care of the peaceful arrangement so that, even with just pretexts or for the sake of the commandment, we should not embarrass our hearts in the certainty that we are trying to fulfill all the commandments for the sake of love and purity of the heart. Instructing your brother in this way, you will also hear the same voice: if you extract the precious from the insignificant, then you will be like My mouth (Jer.15: 19).
26. Do not wish to be done the way you want, but wish it to be the way it will be, and so you will be at peace with everyone.
27. He who hates dishonor hates humility, and who avoids those who grieve him, he flees meekness.
28. Before we say or do anything, we will test whether it is according to the will of God; And then, by praying, we will say or do this, and cast our infirmity before God, and His goodness will help us in everything.