Isaiah Nine for these times

September 4th, 2015

(Hermitage of Mary in the Wilderness to Motherhouse September 4th, 2015)

I will reflect briefly on each section of this passage by the prophet Isaiah, focusing upon the application for us, since the Scriptures are for our Faith as Church and for Israel of old:

1 At the first time the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephtali was lightly touched: and at the last the way of the sea beyond the Jordan of the Galilee of the Gentiles was heavily loaded.
2 The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen.

This speaks of Messiah’s First Advent, for the people saw a Great Light coming through the darkness, for the darkness was not able to overcome HIM who is the Light of the world!

3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and hast not increased the joy. They shall rejoice before thee, as they that rejoice in the harvest, as conquerors rejoice after taking a prey, when they divide the spoils.
4 For the yoke of their burden, and the rod of their shoulder, and the sceptre of their oppressor thou best overcome, as in the day of Median.
5 For every violent taking of spoils, with tumult, and garment mingled with blood, shall be burnt, and be fuel for the fire.

This speaks of the people of ancient Persia (The Medo-Persian Empire of old) even as she rises again – what is past is prologue dear souls. We should never be deceived, for the LORD GOD knows the ways of the heart that lift themselves in pride against the GOD of Israel, our LORD JESUS with the Holy Trinity One GOD.

Note this:

6 For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given to us, and the government is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful, Counsellor, God the Mighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace.
7 His empire shall be multiplied, and there shall be no end of peace: he shall sit upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom; to establish it and strengthen it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth and forever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

Our LORD JESUS CHRIST (Yeshua HaMoshiach) is LORD and GOD – and He comes written in the volume of the Book – it is written of Him to do the will of the LORD.

Kiss the Son. Trust in Him fully. (Psalm 2)

8 The Lord sent a word into Jacob, and it hath lighted upon Israel.
9 And all the people of Ephraim shall know, and the inhabitants of Samaria that say in the pride and haughtiness of their heart:
10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones: they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.
11 And the Lord shall set up the enemies of Rasin over him, and shall bring on his enemies in a crowd:
12 The Syrians from the east, and the Philistines from the west: and they shall devour Israel with open mouth, For all this his indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.
13 And the people are not returned to him who hath struck them, and have not sought after the Lord of hosts.
14 And the Lord shall destroy out of Israel the head and the tail, him that bendeth down, and him that holdeth back, in one day.
15 The aged and honourable, he is the head: and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail.

Dear souls, when GOD judges a nation, as He said He would to Israel in order to shake them heavily as these passages tell us – His Judgment is such that is seeks to HUMBLE the soul – instead Israel was not humbled.


Even in the face of Judgment we have said: “The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with square stones: they have cut down the sycamores, but we will change them for cedars.”


“And the people are not returned to him who hath struck them, and have not sought after the Lord of hosts.”

16 And they that call this people blessed, shall cause them to err: and they that are called blessed, shall be thrown down headlong.
17 Therefore the Lord shell have no joy in their young men: neither shall he have mercy on their fatherless, and widows: for every one is a hypocrite and wicked, and every mouth hath spoken folly. For all this his indignation is not turned away, but his bend is stretched out still.

Too many keep tells us how “wonderful we are as a people” – listen: GOD says: All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of GOD – and the wages of our sins is death – BUT, listen: the Gift (Grace) of GOD is eternal Life through Jesus Christ our LORD!

Dear ones, we cannot do anything by ourselves… we must have the True Vine and Live upon Him who is our Root.

18 For wickedness is kindled as a fire, it shall devour the brier and the thorn: and shall kindle in the thicket of the forest, and it shall be wrapped up in smoke ascending on high.
19 By the wrath of the Lord of hosts the land is troubled, and the people shall be as fuel for the fire: no man shall spare his brother.
20 And he shall turn to the right hand, and shall be hungry: and shall eat on the left hand, and shall not be filled: every one shell eat the flesh of his own arm: Manasses Ephraim, and Ephraim Manasses, and they together shall be against Juda.
21 After all these things his indignation is not turned away, but his hand is stretched out still.

Here is the world system before us… it is facing the Judgment of the Judge Himself and we will see this – and are seeing it all around – prepare dear souls – repent, have faith in GOD and Trust in Him and follow Jesus in the Fellowship of GOD’s people (for no man is an island dear souls).

We must Love GOD and one another – for this is His Command to us as the Church.

Look up, for our Redeemer draws near – it is the “last hour.”

Little children, it is the last hour; and as you have heard that Antichrist cometh, even now there are become many Antichrists: whereby we know that it is the last hour. (I John 2: 18)

abba anthony the repentant sinner who prays for you

Having Confidence in GOD alone

September 4th, 2015

(Motherhouse of Mary on September 4th, 2015)

Hebrews 10: 35-39 speaks to us of the trials of this age and the coming of the King and LORD who saves us – we ponder Him in this exhortation and reflection:

“Do not therefore lose your confidence, which hath a great reward. For patience is necessary for you; that, doing the will of God, you may receive the promise. For yet a little and a very little while, and he that is to come, will come, and will not delay. But my just man liveth by faith; but if he withdraw himself, he shall not please my soul. But we are not the children of withdrawing unto perdition, but of faith to the saving of the soul.”

We do not know for certain what faces us in this nation – in this world system – in the physical or mental trials that may come – in the spiritual crises we may encounter in Life – but, we know GOD does not forsake us, for He says so in every passage of the Holy Scriptures.


Confidence in what?

Doing the will of GOD – the Promise of GOD.

The Credo says that Jesus Christ is LORD and He will come again in Glory!

The Second Advent of Christ Jesus will push aside all principalities and powers – all the liars and the darkened souls – Jesus will shine brighter than the noonday sun and come in the Glory that is His, as was foreshadowed on the mount of transfiguration!

The righteous man lives according to Faith – those with real Faith dear ones DO NOT WITHDRAW – we are not like that – we have been born of the Spirit of GOD and GOD does not make any mistakes – speaking of “…faith to the saving of the soul.”

Dear souls, we are confident in GOD’s Grace – in GOD’s MERCY – that GOD will get us through the trials and perfect us wholly by Grace and through Faith.

I know this – let us Live in and through HIM – for He will accomplish and keep His Promise!

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner who prays for you – pray for him also.

Considering His Name

May 29th, 2015

(Hermitage of Mary in the wilderness on May 28th, 2015)

We are considering His name – the name of Jesus – the Name that comes to Mind always – the Name I cannot forget, nor lay aside – the name that gives to this little soul the greatest Comfort. I think then of the Name of JESUS (Yeshua) – the Name of the Messiah – that Name of the Risen LORD Jesus Christ – our Savior and only King.

The world have many names – but none of the world’s names are sufficient for this little soul – he has always desired the One Name that is above all names in the heavens and the earth – the Name of JESUS.

I am thinking of the Name that has dispelled death:

“Death has been swallowed up in victory. Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to GOD! HE gives us the victory through our LORD Jesus Christ.”

I am thinking then of the Name of Jesus – considering His Name – the Name that means “Yahweh is Salvation” – the Name that that o the Creator that became the I AM that took away our sins and gave us His newness of Life!

Today, I saw my heart beating, as the good technician allowed me to see my own echocardiogram – I said: “We are fearfully and wonderfully made.” The technician agreed – but then I had to be still and know that it is GOD who keeps the heart of this little soul going – how Merciful is GOD!

It is through the Blessed One, whose Name is Jesus… the Word of my LORD allows me to Live for and in Him in the Present Presence of GOD.

This is the Name that we consider with the deepest JOY – it is His Name wherein we might be saved and sanctified wholly – it is through Jesus that we are empowered to become the children of GOD – even through Faith in this Blessed name – the One who brings us to the Father – the One that is spoken of by the Blessed Holy Spirit.

O, LORD. Hasten the Day when I might see Him more perfectly and forever and always lay aside those things that distract this little soul I am from the considering deeply and entirely on the Name of Jesus who Loves us and gave Himself for us!

“Therefore, my bear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the LORD, because you know that your labor in the LORD is not in vain.”

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

GOD is in our distractedness

May 29th, 2015

(Hermitage of Mary in the wilderness on May 26th, 2015)

GOD is also dwelling within the distractedness we feel every day – He is in the mundane and normal things of living – and yet, HE calls us to higher ground – far and away from the distractions of living – because He in Present always even unto the end of this present evil age.

We may think that we are abandoned by GOD to the distractions that come to us – those things that even “tear us away” from the intimacy we desire in GOD – but it is not so – GOD does not abandon us and we are not some kind of “secondary Christian” that is somehow “inferior” to those who are leading a contemplative Life in Jesus – no, GOD transcends even the distractions – and He makes them the instrument of brings a child of GOD into even and ever closer communion with the Son – in Christ there is no “inferior-ness” for the Redemption purposes of GOD.

He calls us where we are planted – calling us to sprout the good seed sown onto our good soil – GOD provides Grace and Mercy to us – we are called to bloom forth the fruits where we are planted.

We are surrounded by distractions – nevertheless, GOD’ Present presence Sanctifies the place where we are planted and we find HIM there Present in us – there to suffer with us the distractedness of living in such a world where we find our self.

This is comforting for the little soul – for at times the “semi” of the “semi-eremitical monk” is filled with much more than I had envisioned – and even with those distractions I speak of – GOD is always Present and making the Way to Christ through all of them. There remains the song within the heart – making melody to the LORD.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

A reproach to any people

May 29th, 2015

(Hermitage of Mary on 29 May 2015)

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people, says Proverbs 14: 34

We are seeing the reproach that comes with sin’s wages – the death of people that once knew GOD and Loves His Way, His Truth and His Life.

I am a little voice crying out in the wilderness – calling whoever will listen to return fully to our Beloved Savior LORD GOD, the LORD Jesus – forsaking sin – embracing the Righteousness that died for us on the Cross – the One who Lives at the Right Hand of the father – the One someday returning in Glory in Righteousness to put down all evil forever!

Yes, I am eccentric and “off the populist message” of our times coming from spiritually lukewarm churches, “increased with goods and having need of nothing” – and yes, the LORD GOD is Just (Righteous) and will Judge evil according to the Holy Scriptures – and yes, we are sinners who need to turn from our sins and turn completely to Christ for forgiveness and, His receive wholly GOD’s sanctifying Grace!

I fear for this nation I love – and fear for the world of men who act as though we are exempted from all judgment – and that have the delusional trust that everything “will work out just fine.”

If we persist in walking according to our own lusts and sinful behaviors – the wages of those sins will be death spiritually. I did not say this – GOD has shown it throughout history.

All I am able to do is share the Gospel of Christ with others and plead for repentance and Faith in GOD – it is up to each soul to turn and return to GOD through Christ away from sin – embracing Jesus and His Communion with the whole of our being.

Dear souls, LOVE GOD, knowing His commandments are not grievous commands.

Said St. John in his first letter:

“GOD is Love. Whoever Lives in Love lives in GOD, and GOD in him. In this Way, Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the Day of Judgment, because in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in Love. But Perfect Love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in Love.”

You see, it is a matter of being transformed:

“Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of GOD, and everyone who Loves the Father Loves His child as well.”

Take heed – real FAITH (believing) is real – and it is not merely profession – it is possessed of GOD in Christ and possesses the Faith that is transforming Faith.

Take care to be authentic – this is my constant prayer as I see His Judgments coming on this world.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

End of days

April 10th, 2015

(Motherhouse prior to leaving for hermitage on April 10th, 2015)

We are living in perilous times – times of double standards – times where willfulness has replaced character and good decision-making – where violence replaces Love – where Mercy is put down as weakness – where society degenerates into the “survival of the fittest” – where societal norms become a thing of the past – as pragmatism and progressivism replace purity and politeness.

I am like a pelican in the wilderness – like an owl of the desert.

Soon I will also disappear – disallowed by society – a society that no longer wishes a moral course – but prefers a “political-correct” approach where there we are no longer bound by the Law of GOD (Psalm 2 speaks of these things well in advance of the present age’s culmination). Freedom of speech Is a thing of the past, if you choose to disagree with the “party line.”

It does not matter – happily I am dying daily – I do not wish to Live in such a dead world, where my Beloved LORD Jesus is relegated to an occasional mention – and other things (the world, the flesh and the devil) are more important than the LORD o Glory, my True King.

I Live in the desert – I prefer the prairies that are distant and show my nothingness – I Love the solitude of the grasses that blow in the afternoon winds – the silence that comes when I can only hear the breath and heartbeat that cries out every second or two – “LORD Jesus have Mercy on us sinners.”

I am truly “spent” and “weary” – preferring LIFE with Jesus for Eternity over the misery of such a world where we have Life in HIM – but that is not my choice to act upon – I am His and He is my Savior and LORD – my Sovereign – His Majesty is able to dispose of me as He wills – not my will, but Thine be done, dear GOD!

It is better, says Jeremiah, as I also remember every moment of my day my Beloved LORD JESUS in this psalm of “acrostic triads” of Lamentations, chapter three:

Teth. The Lord is good to them that hope in him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Teth. It is good to wait with silence for the salvation of God.
Teth. It is good for a man, when he hath borne the yoke from his youth.
Jod. He shall sit solitary, and hold his peace: because he hath taken it up upon himself.
Jod. He shall put his mouth in the dust, if so be there may be hope.
Jod. He shall give his cheek to him that striketh him, he shall be filled with reproaches.

It is the passage that follows the Loving-Kindness (Mercy) of GOD who is our Divine Mercy – it is the Comfort of the hermit monk.

I am nothing – and this nothing Loves the LORD who is Some One that Loves us in the Way who is deeper than any ocean. The mercy-Love of GOD is deeper than all the loves of men.

I have seen the “loves” of men fail at every turn – it is only a matter of time before such “loves” fail – but Divine – that is “PERFECT LOVE” – this LOVE never fails – but in Love it challenges us to Love Him first through our actions (with every fiber of our being) – and thus to Love one another in HIM who is LOVE.

We never have to try to Love – we only have to surrender to HIM who is our Perfect Love – and thus we trust in Love and He Loves through us and strengthens us to Love as He Loves.

I am overcome with tears – but it does not matter – I am an anachronism – a useless one – an old man now. I am easy “prey” for corrupt souls who wish to do violence to me – and when I am hit and beaten – I will happily die and be with my Beloved who has never hit me once, even though I deserved it.

You see, as we are drawn more closely to JESUS we experience something of His Passion and learn Compassion in the loneliness and the silence that brings upon our heart the Prayer of REST in HIM alone.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Precious souls in Jesus

April 4th, 2015

(Motherhouse of Mary in the wilderness on Holy Saturday April 4th, 2015)

Men are foolish, if we believe we can as sinful men establish the Kingdom of God on this earth in perfection — not – for only Jesus our True King can do this – yes, the Kingdom is in our midst and we have our True King – but until He Comes in Glory at His Parousia – we are only in an imperfect format of His reign – for he must put all things under His feet!  (I Corinthians 15, read it all)

The desert fathers and mothers rightly taught us that the world system is a shipwreck and we must “Live outside of Babylon” to have the perspective of the place within the heart – that hermitage within.

GOD alone is our Resource – and we fellowship with one another within the Holy Church – we must never forsake the assembling of ourselves together in Holy Communion!  That is also foolish.

We are called as a HOLY PEOPLE OF GOD – there is a corporate Reality as the Body of Christ that we are called to BE and become in Him who is our Head!

Benedictus said:

“L I S T E N  carefully, my child,

to your master’s precepts,

and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).

Receive willingly and carry out effectively

your loving father’s advice,

that by the labor of obedience

you may return to Him

from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.

To you, therefore, my words are now addressed,

whoever you may be,

who are renouncing your own will

to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King,

and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.

And first of all,

whatever good work you begin to do,

beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it,

that He who has now deigned to count us among His children

may not at any time be grieved by our evil deeds.

For we must always so serve Him

with the good things He has given us,

that He will never as an angry Father disinherit His children,

nor ever as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil actions,

deliver us to everlasting punishment

as wicked servants who would not follow Him to glory.”

WE do not walk in the present darkness in the absence of LIGHT dear soul – we are Light to this world system.  If they do not see this Light that we are IN CHRIST JESUS, then, they will answer to GOD, for we have proclaimed HIM who IS the Light of the world!

The Light shines in the darkness, and the present darkness is not able to overcome HIM – even though it tries, tries and tries again and again – IT WILL FAIL.

Remember, Satan is a defeated foe – but he troubles us, because he knows his time is very very short now.

Jesus Reigns!

Thy Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven!  Even so, amen and amen…

Dear ones, trust in the LORD JESUS CHRIST who is our TRUE KING – all men are liars.  Let us forsake lying and cheating and Love GOD and one another in Christ – Loving all, even those who hate and persecute us… Jesus is returning in Glory!

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner on holy Saturday.

Leaving now for hermitage of Mary dear friends — Jesus LOVES YOU for He is Risen from the dead — amen — and we are also risen to the newness of Life in HIM and dear souls we shall rise again to Eternal Life, when His Word comes to us Living and the Dead in Christ (I and Ii Thessalonians and I Corinthians 15 et al)

Why weeping is a good thing

March 24th, 2015

(From the Hermitage of Mary in the wilderness on March 21st, 2015)

We hear from the apophthegmata patrum:

“It was said of Abba Arsenius that all his life, whenever he worked with his hands, he kept a handkerchief in his breast because tears fell so often from his eyes.”

I often feel this way dear friends, because of the hardness of my own heart and the hardness I sense in the hearts of so many – there is such spiritual carelessness in these troubling times – and many have the sense of lukewarm-ness in their Faith.

Jesus spoke of this, when He gave His exhortation to the Church at Laodicea in the Revelation, chapter 3 – listen to what Jesus said:

“To the angel of the Church in Laodicea write: There are the words of the true witness, the ruler of GOD’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.” (verses 14 to 17)

Dear souls, GOD counsels us to the “gold refined by fire” for the “real riches” – and “white clothes” that we might cover the nakedness – and this is true Righteousness – and “eye salve” to use so that we might truly SEE.

So many operate in the realm of the world, the flesh and the devil.

I judge no one – for I am too rotten a sinner to make any judgments – GOD is our Judge and Redeemer – but beware of “cheap grace” that “lives like hell” down here with the expectation of no accountability when we see Jesus face to face at the Judgment.

There are so many souls that are “lukewarm” –never committed fully one-way or the other – walking always as if one was living, shall we say: “on the fence” rather than Living Life totally in Love with Jesus.

He is never hard to LOVE, when you know Perfect Love Himself!

GOD desires for us the Best of His Love – the Rest from our own laborious dreading through Love in His Mercy. This is found through the exercise of discernment and honesty between our selves and GOD.

There is another story from the desert fathers I appreciate:

A brother asked Abba Ammonas (disciple of Antony) word.” The old man said to him: “Go, and meditate like the criminals in prison. For they keep asking, where is the judge, and when will he come? And because they await him they lament their punishment. The monk ought always to be awaiting his trial, and to chide his soul, saying: c Woe is me, how shall I stand before the judgment seat of Christ? How shall I give an account of my actions?’ If you always meditate like this, you will be saved.”

More and more I sense this as I grow older and think upon what I have done and what I have failed to do, when I dwelled long in the Church at Laodicea.

Too long has the little soul dwelled long in a foreign place and people that knew not GOD as in the Psalm 120:5 – – “Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech, dwelling among the tents of Kedar.” This is imagery the strikes the little soul within – “Alas, that I abide a stranger in Meshech (between the Black and Caspian Seas), dwelling among the tents of Kedar.” – thus, I sense in the Presence of Jesus today that I was a dweller in the darkness that is felt in this Song of Ascent, journeying to the Beloved ONE on that Holy Hill of Zion – and dear ones, compared to the Sacred Ground of the Temple, I was like an exile in the Caucasus (exiled between the Caspian and Black Seas with the ancient and violent Scythians) or amongst the fiercest tribes of the Arabian deserts (Kedar).

The violence and the hated encountered in the world system is “alien” to the LOVE OF GOD IN HIS HOLY PLACE.

We come and taste and see that GOD is Good.

Why do we refuse to remain “lukewarm” to Him and not see our NEEDINESS before Him who LOVES us? Loving us, HE IS far more (infinitely more) than a mother or a father of this world – far more than even our closest brothers or sisters or even our closest friends.

Are we so obtuse that we do not realize that you are “wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked?” It may be so – but it never needs to remain so.

Jesus Loves us and rebukes those He Loves – He stands at the door of our heart and He knocks at the door, awaiting His entry and our coming into the fullness of His Grace.

Let us open the door of our heart to Him who is the First Love of the Church – opening to Him fully – fully to His Salvation and Sanctifying Grace to Perfect Love.

This Grace is often found in the wake of a “sea of tears” that fall upon the cloth that GOD will use to “wipe away all tears.”

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Prayer in silence and solitude

March 24th, 2015

(From the Hermitage of Mary in the wilderness on March 23rd, 2015)

We are called to silence and solitude where prayer I a matter of the heart that Rests in GOD alone.  We do not belong to selfish interests – but we belong to GOD alone – He beckons and we come to Him who is written in the volume of the Book to do thy will, O LORD.

“Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering you did not desire, but a Body you prepared for Me; with burnt offerings and sin offerings you were not pleased.’  Then I said, ‘Here I am – it is written about me in the Scroll – I have come to do your will, O GOD.’”  (Hebrews 10: 5-7, NIV, cf. Psalm 40: 6-8, a Psalm of David, a Messianic Psalm)

We must see Jesus on every page of Holy Scripture dear souls – LORD that I might see you better.

This is the Essence of the REST we have in the silence an the solitude – it sees JESUS…

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Trusting in GOD alone

January 11th, 2015

(From the Motherhouse in Nashua, Montana on January 11th, 2015)

st antony the greatHere are some wise words from St. Antony of Egypt:

Abba Pambo asked Abba Antony, “What ought I to do?” and the old man said to him, “Do not trust in your own righteousness, do not worry about the past, but control your tongue and your stomach.”

We look to externals all too often, when we should be looking at the internal relationship we ought to have with GOD alone.

Gluttony and the tongue can become our greatest hindrances to intimacy with GOD – for when we are too committed to our body over the Spirit of GOD we are subject to the error of trusting those externals we think we need over our First Love, Jesus.

IF we feed the flesh – we are going to succumb to the strength we give to the flesh, when we should be balanced and moderate in our ministry to the body that is a Gift from GOD – and not our GOD.

Abba Antony said, “I saw the snares that the enemy spreads out over the world and I said groaning, ‘What can get through from such snares?” Then I heard a voice saying to me, “Humility.'”

Humility is the face of anything is the means of Grace that GOD has given to overcome all obstacles.

IF we fail in humility – we can count on failing in the tests of Life.

IF we are humbled under GOD’s Hand – we can count on Him lifting us up through any trial (testing).

Without Jesus, we can do nothing, as He says in His analogy of His Being our True Vine and we the branches abiding in Him – without Him we can do nothing.

Abba Antony also said, “Some have afflicted their bodies by asceticism, but they lack discernment, and so they are far from God.”

Merely beating our bodies down does not give us any fruit that is positive in our intimacy with GOD – we need to Love GOD through serving Him in Perfect Love in the body He has given us to serve with in Love.

We need to discern His Perfect Love and respond to Him in His perfect Love.

Finally today, Antony also said, “Our life and our death is with our neighbor. If we gain our brother, we have gained God, but if we scandalize our brother, we have sinned against Christ.”

This is the supernatural result from Loving GOD – for if we do not Love our neighbor, we cannot say we Love GOD.

The very least we should be doing in LOVING GOD is to be Lovingly Praying for our neighbors.

We may have nothing in common with some neighbors – but we are called by GOD to Love them and wish for them GOD’s Mercy.

May GOD bless and be with you this week.

Trust in the LORD.

“Jesus, I Trust in You” should become our continuing Prayer.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner