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I'm just realizing that this is the last week before Holy Week. Where has Great Lent gone? What have I done to grow in my prayer life or askesis? It seems like nothing. If anything, I've gone backwards.Please pray for me, that I may perhaps at least keep these last few days of Lent with vigilance.
Lord have mercy.From the Paschal Homily of St. John Chrysostom:"....If anyone has arrived even at the eleventh hour, let him not fear on account of his delay. For the Master is gracious and receives the last, even as the first; he gives rest to him that comes at the eleventh hour, just as to him who has labored from the first.... "
Lord, have mercy. Very understandable. I recall a story: one guy asked a monk who lived in an Orthodox monastery, "what do you guys do all day in your monastery?" The monk answered, "ah, it's very simple: we fall down, and then rise up. Then we fall again, and rise again. Then fall, then rise..."
Believe you me, I wholly understand all too well, and this is only my 1st Lent.Lord have mercy and may God grant you the necessary strength, peace and guidance...
Lord have mercy!Although I mentioned in another thread that I am delaying my catechism indefinitely, I have attempted to go through the rigours of Great Lent (the fast and the extra Liturgies). I have never, ever observed any kind of Lenten tradition before (even though surrounded by Catholic relatives) and--it's hard! My reasoning for doing this was, "If I can survive Great Lent, then maybe I can become an Orthodox Christian."So persevere my friend. Run the good race and fight the good fight.
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