Spiritual and material truth From Father Lazarus

For October 21, 2011

[ Apostle1.com's Note & Commentary:  We have excerpted a certain portion so as to maintain the dignity and privacy of the author and hope the message itself is taken not lightly by all who read this...For even clergy oft times need help and advice from time to time in order for them to ensure their own efforts are not so inclined to do that which this material world often attempts to get them to do... Thus, as our Vladyka +Joseph Thaddeus has said, spiritual food is available to them who pray and them who listen not with ears of the flesh, but with ears of the spirit... as he blesses you with prayers indeed!]


Whatever happens in the months and years ahead I would like the words to be my testimony

to all of you.

 

The testimony of a life and a vocation.

The journey of a soul.

The journey of a life time.

The offering of an entire priesthood to God.
 

Some are not happy about this vocation.

Some do not understand it.

On those truly called to this way of life can recognise it in its fullness in another person.

It was like the day another Monk-Priest came to the monastery.

As soon as I saw him without even a word being spoken I knew  he was a Hermit.

 

Some claim I owe them a debt because of assistance given over the months.

Assistance most gratefully received and never forgotten.

However any time we give to another person or anything with ever give in charity is Gods

time for that person.

And we would not have anything to give in charity unless God had given it to us in the first place.

 

A solitary ...A Priest can owe no man or woman anything apart from asking them to forgive any sins he has committed against them and then in the silence and solitude of his cell to pray for all, as we sing the Divine Liturgy
 

"The peace that comes from on high and the salvation of our souls."
 

All life comes from God alone and returns to God alone within the silence of the Word.

Like it or not it is simply the vocation of some to live in the silence and solitude of the cell.
 

Some people say this vocation confirms their worst fears or breaks their hearts.

How can we be afraid to do Gods will?

"I am love" knows the way we will bet find peace in our hearts.

The peace this passing world can never give us.
 

However any of us personally feel about any vocation we should never forget it is better to hear the invitation of God and respond in this life than give account for our refusal on our judgment day.

 

And God forbid any of us have to give account for deliberately preventing another person from answering their calling.
 

Some people were not happy, as I did not discuss my vocation with them or involve them in the discernment.

 

They did not understand this is the natural progress of a solitary.

The more the vocations evolves and deepens, you need only to talk to the spiritual Father or Superior.

 

Anything else becomes a disturbance of your solitude.

You simply need to speak to that person in an agreed way at an agreed time and have no one else involved in the interior discussions.

 

In the same way, the solitary ...the Priest prays for all but does not involve himself in affairs that are simply not his concern. Respect for each others solitude becomes increasingly important on this path .
 

In my cell I never have music or radio , or television .

Recently there was a morning of total silence.

Ten minutes before I was due to celebrate the daily liturgy some one spoke to me .

I asked for the silence to continue.

What that person did not understand is that it is not about a mornings silence and then we can speak.

 

What it is about is the need, the God given need, for a minute, an hour, a day, a month,

a year; a life time of silence and solitude through that unfolding of an infinity of little moments
 

The love that will not let us go, increasingly calls us deeper in to our House of God; the gate of Heaven.

 

For some, the place is part of the vocation. So there can be no alternative to this place because that would be an alternative to the will of God.

 

A place where you will be alone but never less alone .

Separated from all but united to all in the communion of love.

Alone but never less alone and never less loved .

Once a solitary told me he had received a letter from a person who had lived in the next door cell to him. The person told him in the letter that he had never known what it was to be loved by God until he lived alone in that cell.

 

I never forgot those words.
 

A love, a great love that calls us deeper in to the depths to which there are no limits.

A love, a great love , that we live with and in alone in the cell.

A love, a great love that awaits us at death.

The journey to God in God.

The vocation of a life time.

The life of the solitary.

The offering of an entire Priesthood to God.

Father Lazarus


Father Josiah Trenham - Circumcised Ears: Gates of Salvation

October 16, 2010 Length: 19:56 (16/10/2011)

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/fr-josiah-trenham.en.aspx


SAINT LUKE ARCHBISHOP OF SYMFEROUPOL AND THE CRIMEA, A PROFESSOR OF SURGERY

THE VARIOUS STAGES OF HIS LIFE

http://www.impantokratoros.gr/st-luke-spiritual-testament.en.aspx
 


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