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ForgivenessBrother Gabriel was many years in the monastery, but he did not hurry to become a monk. When asked why he did not become a monk, he said, 'It is a great honor to be a monk, but I am not worthy of that honor.' But with his zeal, his work and obedience, there was not a better monk in the monastery.With other things, Gabriel also had this custom. Every Saturday, before the bell for vespers, he passed by all the cells of the monks and novices saying, 'Bless me and forgive me the sinner.' And the father, knowing his custom, would say, 'May God bless you and forgive you.' And then the novice Gabriel would go on to the next cell until he had finished all of them.Once I asked him why he did this, and he explained to me: "I read in an old book that every Saturday, after vespers, all the choirs of angels gather before the throne of God to hear the report of the guardian angels of humanity and each comes before the throne of the Heavenly Father and reports the activity of the person. And the angels of people who commit sins are sad, but the angels of the people who do good deads are joyful and brilliant. The Heavenly Father is happy with the good deads and 'there is joy in heaven over the sinner who repents.' Beyond the divine throne there stand two ranks of angels: one radiant and glorious and the other awesome and austere. Then God sends the radiant angels to reward the good people and the awesome to punish the sinners. Therefore I forgive others and ask their forgivesness so that my guardian angel might go up cheerfully with his report to the Heavenly Father and that I might escape the trial of the fearsome angels.
Thank you Eleni, I love stories like these....it made my day before start of work. SmileyIn Christ,Hadel
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