Peaceful Reflections – October

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It is a time of much challenge to those that are Christians throughout this whole world.  We  must nourish our minds and souls with the words of our Lord and our Church Fathers.  For in this nourishment we will find strength, courage and wisdom. Let me share with you then, some words that I find nourishing to my mind from the sources that I thrive upon - The Holy Bible, books and sources on the saints and church fathers, and various other books and sources related to my Orthodox Faith.  I hope you will gain from these peaceful reflections as I do.   May God be with you.

 

Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal have mercy on us.

 

A secret prayer lies hidden within the human heart.  The man himself does not know it, yet working mysteriously within his soul, it urges him to prayer according to each man's knowledge and power. 

~R.M. French  -   The Way of A Pilgrim

 

Psalm 1

Photo by Waldryano/Pixabay
Photo by Waldryano/Pixabay

Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away.Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.

 

Photo From wikimedia.org Ambrosius of Optina.
Photo From wikimedia.org Ambrosius of Optina.

If you do not feel like praying, you have to force yourself. The Holy Fathers say that prayer with force is higher than prayer unforced. You do not want to, but force yourself. The Kingdom of Heaven is taken by force (Matt. 11:12).

                                  ~St. Ambrose of Optina

 
   

Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, Have Mercy on Me.

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