I use to do posts that I titled "reflections". It's been a long time and I'd like to get started again. I glean so much in my bible reading, devotion reading, prayer books, quotes from our Church Fathers and other sources. I like to share them with my readers. So may this be the first in a long line of Sunday Reflections!
It is a time of much challenge to those that are Christians throughout the
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.
Please allow me share to with you 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.
And pray ye without ceasing on behalf of other men. For there is in them the hope of repentance that they may attain to God. See, then, that they be instructed by your works, if in no other way. ~ St. Ignatius of Antioch
Help one another with the generosity of the Lord, and despise no one. When you have the opportunity to do good, do not let it go by. ~ St. Polycarp of Smyrna
“Illumine our hearts, O Master Who lovest mankind, with the pure light of Thy divine knowledge. Open the eyes of our mind to the understanding of Thy gospel teachings. Implant also in us the fear of Thy blessed commandments, that trampling down all carnal desires, we may enter upon a spiritual manner of living, both thinking and doing such things as are well-pleasing unto Thee. For Thou art the illumination of our souls and bodies, O Christ our God, and unto Thee we ascribe glory, together with Thy Father, Who is from everlasting, and Thine all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.”
— Prayer read silently by the priest before the reading of the Gospel
For further soul nourishment, take out your bible and read Today's Readings: Acts 12:1-11; John 15:17-16:2