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« Reply #135 on: June 10, 2010, 11:34:01 PM »

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Chapter Five

Homilies on Obedience.

Stories of Obedience and Disobedience


Selections on Obedience


What is a more beautiful example than that of the Lord Jesus! Didn’t obedience towards His Father lead Him to the Cross and death? Couldn’t He, being of the essence with the Father, have opposed this? But no, He walked with sweat; He fell to His knees with pain beneath the weight of cutting off His will as He ascended Golgotha. But He had to ascend it, reach the top, be lifted up on the glorious—and to the demons, dreadful—Cross, and there on it show perfect and absolute obedience, and receive the unfading crown of eternal glory. This is how the resurrection of our soul is gained, and not by vacillating between obedience and disobedience with self-will. The crown is not acquired like that, but by a willingness to sacrifice. All obstacles are surmounted by the strong thought of preferring to die rather than betray the obedience of doing one’s duty.
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« Reply #136 on: June 12, 2010, 09:57:28 PM »

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Chapter Five

Homilies on Obedience.

Stories of Obedience and Disobedience
   


Selections on Obedience


What is a more beautiful example than that of the Lord Jesus! Didn’t obedience towards His Father lead Him to the Cross and death? Couldn’t He, being of the essence with the Father, have opposed this? But no, He walked with sweat; He fell to His knees with pain beneath the weight of cutting off His will as He ascended Golgotha. But He had to ascend it, reach the top, be lifted up on the glorious—and to the demons, dreadful—Cross, and there on it show perfect and absolute obedience, and receive the unfading crown of eternal glory. This is how the resurrection of our soul is gained, and not by vacillating between obedience and disobedience with self-will. The crown is not acquired like that, but by a willingness to sacrifice. All obstacles are surmounted by the strong thought of preferring to die rather than betray the obedience of doing one’s duty.
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« Reply #137 on: June 13, 2010, 10:11:41 PM »

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Chapter Five

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Selections on Obedience.


2.    Through the obedience of Christ we were saved, whereas through the disobedience of Adam we were drawn into the abyss of hell. The road of obedience does indeed lead to Golgotha. It is uphill, and the ascent is a little laborious, and we shall sweat and be fatigued, but let us reflect that after the resurrection we shall gain purity of soul and sonship, and this wealth cannot be matched by any worldly enjoyments. What am I saying, worldly things? If one gives the entire world, he cannot buy even one drop of spiritual joy from that soul which has ascended Golgotha and seen its own resurrection.
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« Reply #138 on: June 14, 2010, 11:33:08 PM »

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Chapter Five

Homilies on Obedience.

Stories of Obedience and Disobedience.   


Selections on Obedience.

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   Christ said to His disciples, “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him Who sent Me” (Lk.10:16 ).
The successors of the Apostles are the hierarchs, the priests, the abbots, and the elders of small synodias. So whoever obeys the successors of the Apostles obeys Christ Himself, and whoever disobeys them, rejects Christ.
For this reason, since we want to place ourselves under obedience to Christ, we ought to show obedience—not merely obeying what we like and disobeying what we do not want.
For in Gethsemane, Christ asked that the salvation of mankind happen differently from what the Heavenly Father desired. But since the Heavenly Father decided upon the Cross, Christ then replied, “Not My will, but Thy will be done, my Father” (cf. Mt. 26:29 ).
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« Reply #139 on: June 15, 2010, 11:07:10 PM »

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   Theology emanates from prayer, and prayer from perfect obedience.
Without obedience, a monk will soon lose whatever talent or gift he might have,
whereas a true disciple is fertile and fruitful with all the gifts of the Comforter and is rich now and unto the ages.
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« Reply #140 on: June 16, 2010, 10:29:36 PM »

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    For the grace of God to visit us, we must apply ourselves with absolute obedience to whatever we are taught.
Let us not add our will to the will of the Elder, for this is called spiritual adultery. We must work at obedience with much sincerity, otherwise we shall not make any progress in our monastic journey.
Humility is the virtue which helps wonderfully to apply perfect Christ-like obedience. On the contrary, egotism and pride are opposed to its acquisition.
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« Reply #141 on: June 17, 2010, 11:35:42 PM »

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    It is extremely terrible, very dreadful, to press and compel your Elder to do something that you want but that his soul does not want.
It is frightful. Only someone with personal experience knows this.
Your spiritual Father and Elder is worth much more to you than all the people of the earth, even more than the whole universe!
Only the devil knows better than anyone else what it means to have an Elder and to have perfect obedience to him.
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« Reply #142 on: June 19, 2010, 12:05:20 AM »

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   Never examine what your Elder does or why he does this or that.
Do not judge him, for you will become an antichrist! Never in your life tolerate others who speak against your Elder, but oppose them immediately; shield him; defend him.
Christ makes straight the “crookedness” of the Elder’s human shortcomings and mistakes, on account of uncritical and guileless obedience.
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« Reply #143 on: June 20, 2010, 09:58:20 PM »

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   It is a great achievement for Satan to persuade a disciple to hide his thoughts, to do anything without the permission and blessing of the Elder, and not to confess everything clearly to his spiritual father.
Such a disciple will never make a good beginning and will never make progress in the grace of God, but will be dragged here and there until the wretched end of his life comes.
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