Seeking after Holiness
|Abbot Tryphon and Hieromonk Kilian|
Step by Step, Little by Little, Progress is Made
Holiness is not something that is just about the saints, whose icons we venerate and whose lives we read about. Holiness is better understood as wholeness, made whole, or healed. We seek healing from the darkness and estrangement that we’ve inherited as a result of the fall. We seek out the God of righteousness Who alone can heal us of our infirmity. As Christ increases in us, our fallen nature decreases. We replace our fallen self by keeping God's commandments, and loving God before all else. In doing so the ego is trampled down, and we become the children of the Most High.
Our goal is to acquire the Holy Spirit from whom comes true repentance and a humble and contrite heart. This relationship that brings healing also brings healing for the world. Saint Seraphim of Sarov said that if you acquire inner peace, a thousand around you will be saved. As Christians we must focus on cooperating with God's grace, that transformation by the Holy Spirit will make us worthy of eternity with God.
With love in Christ,
Photo: Hieromonk Kilian (Sprecher) stayed a few days with us. Lieutenant Sprecher is an Orthodox Navy Chaplain.
Saturday June 15, 2013 / June 2, 2013
Afterfeast of the Ascension. Tone five.
St. Nicephorus the Confessor, patriarch of Constantinople (829).
Great-martyr John the New of Suceava, at Belgorod (Cetatea Alba) (1332).
Finding of the relics (1815) of St. Juliana, princess of Vyasma (1406).
"Kiev-Bratsk" Icon of the Mother of God (1654).
New Martyr Demetrius of Philadelphia (1657) (Greek).
Hieromartyr Pothinus, bishop of Lyons (177) (Gaul).
St. Odo, archbishop of Canterbury (959)) (Celtic & British).
New Martyr Constantine of the Hagarenes (Mt. Athos) (1819) (Greek).
Hieromartyr Erasmus of Ochrid, who reposed in peace, and 20,000 Martyrs with him (303) (Greek).
New Martyr John of Trebizond (Greek).
New Martyr Asprocastron (White Castle). You can read the life of the saint in red, by clicking on the name.
THANKS to all of you who have been able to contribute towards the support of the monastery. These difficult times of economic hardship have impacted the monastery, and those of you who have been able to donate, have been our lifeline. May God bless you for your generosity, and kindness.
With love in Christ,
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PO Box 2420
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