Holy Ascension Orthodox Christian Church
West Chester, PA
Parish website: holyascension.net
On Relations with One’s Neighbors, Part 1
from St. Ambrose Elder of Optina
- The Lord nowhere wishes to compel man against his will, but everywhere makes use of our good will; it is through their own will that people are either good or evil. Therefore it is in vain that we accuse those living with us and surrounding us of hindering and impeding, as it were, our salvation or our spiritual perfection.
- We receive profit from people only when we do not condemn them.
- You complain about people’s unfairness in relation to you. But if you are striving to reign with Christ the Lord, then have a look at Him, how He acted towards the enemies surrounding Him who were demanding His death. It appears that He never complained about how His enemies behaved unfairly towards Him but, in all the horrible afflictions brought upon Him by His enemies, He saw only the will of His Heavenly Father.
- You are upset that everyone is trying to humiliate you. If they are trying to humiliate you, that means they want to humble you; and you yourself are asking God for humility. Then why, after all this, do you let people upset?
- Instruction and edification for one’s own life should be taken more from the example of Christ the Savior than from the example of people, in whom it is not possible to find full perfection, due to human weakness. Therefore we should not be upset, under a seemingly good pretext, when certain people do not give us the edifying example that we would have liked.
- The Lord has the power to protect and defend those forcing themselves to live according to His holy commandments, if only they are not being careless in striving for mutual peace. Then the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace, and joy in life is found in mutual harmony, and every good success is achieved through peace according to God.
http://www.pravmir.com/on-relations-with-ones-neighbors/. Translated from Optinskii Tsvetnik: Izrecheniia prepodobnykh starttsev Optinskikh (Moscow: St. Tikhon’s Orthodox University, 2008), 221-228.
St. Herman Gradyville, only 20 min from Holy Ascension, is holding a “Holiday Festival” this Weekend !!!
Hundreds in Cleveland Attend an Assembly Forum Presentation and Q&A with Two of our Bishops: Sponsored by the Assembly of Bishops
Please find the very fine video presentation of the meeting below. If you are familiar with the work of the AoB, you can advance up to about the 22 minute mark to hear about the latest news of the September meeting.
Tell Congress to Reject Senate Bill 815 (ENDA) Employee Non-Discrimination Act which Turns Loosely-Defined “Gender Identity” Into Protected Status
Your Continued Prayers . . .
This Week’s Schedule of Services and Events
THURS: 5:00pm – Great Vespers for the Holy Archangels
FRI: 6:30pm – Great Vespers for St. Nektarios
SAT: 5:00pm – Great Vespers, Confessions follow
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