WHO are you, LORD?

October 16th, 2014

WHO are you, LORD?

Who are you, my Beloved that I may know you – and understand you?

If we understand suggests St. Augustine, we are not seeing HIM…

O, dear, I am off to a bad start already – for we cannot know Him perfectly, nor can we understand GOD with these limited minds that we have in the present fabric of space and time – we have been shown the Light in Christ Jesus – the Eternal Word of the Father through the Holy Spirit – and herein we know GOD, but understand Him only in a limited manner.  This does not mean that GOD is limited, but it means that you and I are limited – infinitely limited, like little nothing who will have His Glory to see in the Day of our meeting the Son Face to our face.

Saint Paul said this:

pantocrator“Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ: And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead.”  (Philippians 3: 8-11)

That we might be known of GOD and that we might know Him – how?  Through the Mercy-filled Love of GOD who reveals Himself that we might know Him through Faith in Christ Jesus!

You see, dear soul – GOD desires that we come into fellowship with Him and with one another “in Christ” – for the world system is passing away quickly – and the nothingness we are in this present system is not worthy to be considered for a second of time and space – but rather – that we might know GOD through Faith.  All else, listen – all else is “as dung”, when we compare knowing Jesus Christ to everything that glitters and shines in this dying Babylon that we call – “the world, the flesh and the devil.”

O, my, the little has become a true “radical” in that he sees only JESUS as the ONE who saves and sanctifies with the Holy Trinity, One GOD!

LORD, give me the silence and the solitude and unceasing prayer of the heart within the desert places, where we hear you best and have your Rest!

Again,

“Furthermore I count all things to be but loss for the excellent knowledge of Jesus Christ my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but as dung, that I may gain Christ: And may be found in him, not having my justice, which is of the law, but that which is of the faith of Christ Jesus, which is of God, justice in faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable to his death, If by any means I may attain to the resurrection which is from the dead.”

Who are you, LORD?

You are my Friend, my King, my LORD, my GOD – my Enough – the only One who is Beloved – the Son of the Father – the Promise of GOD to Abraham and David – the Messiah of Israel – the Christ who is Emmanuel (GOD with us).

Dear Sovereign and Majestic GOD – Come Quickly LORD Jesus Christ – receive this terrible sinner who has repented – that I may know you and the Power of your Resurrection – O, my Resurrection, my Life, the Way, the Truth – my Greater Brother.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

No matter what

October 16th, 2014

No matter what happens – no matter what circumstances present in the present realm of possibilities – no matter what losses we sustain – be it friend, family, our own health – perhaps, our very life – no matter what happens dear one – GOD Loves you and you will come to understand it all when you see Him face to face in the Day where you will stand before Him, bowing low in perfect Loving Adoration before His Majesty!

IMG_5843O, my GOD and my All, I understand only in part – seeing through a glass darkly – now, dear LORD, seeing things only imperfectly – now, I see that the pains – the sufferings we sense in this present time is not worthy to be compared to the Glory that is coming, when we see your Lovely Face in that Day.

How fragile we are – we are willing to throw all away, when it does not meet our “specifications” – those things and ideas we conjure up that we call “god” – when it is GOD our revealed LORD and Savior that presents Himself in Self-revelation that shows us the wounds in His hands and His feet – the Sacred Head wounded – the spear that the soldier thrust into His side (the wound felt by St. Thomas, when he also doubted) – the lacerations innumerable!

O, my GOD – where is the man that stands with GOD alone?

Where is the heart that seeks Him alone who is Perfect Love?

Where are the soldiers that are armed and protected by the armor of Salvation – the whole armor of GOD?

We must prepare to meet them who will utter lies against the Truth, as He is revealed – the holy Church must stand in GOD alone – the danger approaches and the lies will be uttered – and the man of GOD will stand for Truth – standing in the Truth, who is the Way and the Life!

The waters and the floods come from the mouth of the dragon that waited as the woman was in travail – and He is seated at the Right Hand of the Father – He will come again in Glory – but, in the present He is with us – the remnant of her Seed stands true to GOD alone – fleeing with the woman into the wilderness – the flood of waters – those lies from the dragon’s mouth – they are swallowed by the earth – for the earth protects her in the desert places.

O, Beloved GOD – we pray for a great awakening to come and heal the lands where your people suffer at the hand of the evil one – we flee to the patronage of Mary your mother – looking always to Jesus our only Savior and LORD – we ponder these things in our heart – the day of GOD draws closer by the day.

We trust in you, LORD Jesus Christ.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

GOD’s Peace

October 6th, 2014

St. Paul wrote:

“For the wisdom of the flesh is death; but the wisdom of the spirit is life and peace. Because the wisdom of the flesh is an enemy to God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither can it be. And they, who are in the flesh, cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh, but in the spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man has not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (St. Paul’s Epistle to the Church at Rome 8: 6-9)

IMG_5844Many souls speak of serenity – but, serenity is the by-product of walking with GOD in the Spirit and having in Christ that Peace with GOD through the newness of Life that St. Paul speaks of to us here in this passage to the Romans.  So many dear souls do not listen to the Voice of the Holy Spirit – and I was also one of these lost souls – then, the Spirit of the LORD persuaded the little soul to forsake the wisdom of the flesh, the world and the devil – embracing rather the wisdom of the spirit of life and peace.

You see, dear one – many lies abound in the world of Babylon – and they tell us things that are contrary to the Law of GOD – for the wisdom of the flesh is not subject to the Law of GOD.

Dear one, we are not speaking here of an-made “sharia law” – we are speaking of the Spirit of GOD who lives in us in the Person of Christ – He frees us from the Law and brings us to the newness of Life that embraces the Law of Love – the Law of Christ Jesus – even the Mind of Christ as St. Paul also spoke of to the Church at Philippi (cf. Phil. 2).

This reflection is not a long one – but, briefly expresses to my own heart the necessity of Loving GOD above all things – even my own little life – for what is important is the Life we have in GOD through Christ Jesus!

Truly, the laws of men apply to us for good order.  But, as new creations in Christ Jesus – we do not obey the laws of men (that are not contrary to the Law of Love we have in GOD first) – we obey GOD’s Law of Love by living in a peaceable manner with all, for the Holy Scripture also says:

“If it be possible, as much as is in you, have peace with all men. Revenge not yourselves, my dearly beloved; but give place unto wrath, for it is written: Revenge is mine, I will repay, saith the Lord.”  (Romans 12: 18, 19)

Love dictates this peace – if you please it dictates a serenity that comes from walking with GOD and Living in GOD through the Spirit of Christ Jesus.

It is not ignorant submission to a horrific “god” that demands our blood and the blood of others – no dear one, it is coming to know our Loving and Merciful GOD as our Savior, our truest Friend and our good LORD and our true coming King.

He shows Himself to BE who HE says that HE IS!

He reveals Himself in Love and in Mercy – as very Love and very Mercy – and calls us to repentance, Faith and following Him in Love, because GOD is Love.

GOD’s Peace dear one – it is the Peace that passes all understanding at the human level – but is demonstrated through the work and merits of Christ Jesus – it says – Com to Me all you that labor and are burdened with sins – come for I AM meek and lowly – I will give to you My Rest!

This Rest dear soul is GOD’s Peace – the Peace with GOD and the Peace of GOD the surrounds our heart in Perfect Love – for such LOVE casts out fear.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

 

Coming to humility slowly

September 22nd, 2014

Dear one, GOD is gracious to little souls – sinners all – souls that seek Him alone – souls that are sorry for their past sins – souls that wish to die to the past – to forget the evils that made them slaves – to begin again in Christ as new creations – yes, dear one – “in Christ Jesus” – our Blessed Hope.

IMG_4600The desert owl is hooting this evening – the quiet of the stars shimmer in the night skies – the clouds do not cover – the skies are open – they show us our smallness.  They show us the humility that we are – the grandiose is past – the past is merely prologue to the Present – the Presence of the Present One – the “being something” has faded into the nothingness of space and time – folded into the fabric of space and time – someday to be no more – we are a little nothing and that nothingness satisfies the little soul – he no longer wishes to be and to become something grand in Babylon – but, he remains a nothing before His Master – GOD is our All in all – our Present One that brings us newness of Life in and through the Beloved Son.

For years I longed to become a “someone” in the world – even in the ecclesiastic realm – but, the little soul found Jesus – that is, Jesus found the little soul as he is – and changed the little soul – the sinner into the nothing that satisfies – as we see Jesus close and in the Reality that is Him who is, who was, and who is to come in Glory – with St. John in a less dramatic Way – we sense what he saw:

“And in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks, one like to the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the feet, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. And his head and his hairs were white, as white wool, and as snow, and his eyes were as a flame of fire, And his feet like unto fine brass, as in a burning furnace. And his voice as the sound of many waters.” (Revelation 1: 13-15)

Ah, the Divine Vision that sees Him – Who are you Blessed LORD and Savior? – you are our All – our Sufficiency – the only Hope of mankind – the Son of GOD – GOD who became Man, very Man – GOD, very GOD – forever and ever the Great I AM.

O, Water of Life speak – you who hold the seven stars in your Right Hand – I see the billions of stars of the night – and I see that you hold all the stars as well – O, Voice of many waters.

How Excellent is our Excellency – the Divine Majesty – we are little nothings – but, GOD has chosen to come down as Man and save the sinners so lost – and make us His very own children through Faith in Christ Jesus – O, Blessed Savior and LORD!

I am a pelican in the wilderness – an owl of the desert places – I am yours my GOD and my All – all of my nothingness is yours to dispose of as you please, Beloved Savior – My Jesus I trust in you – in you alone.

I am His alone – a nothing that is someone in Jesus alone.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

 

 

The Cross that we carry

September 20th, 2014

This is a long post, but I feel this with my whole heart… abba

The Cross that we carry

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St. Paul wrote:

“For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God: with Christ I am nailed to the cross. And I live, now not I; but Christ lives in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.”  (Galatians 2: 19, 20, Douay-Rheims)

For many years I have sought to know the meaning of this for me personally.  I am beginning (just beginning) to understand it a little better in my little soul.

These are not passages of Scripture to simply memorize and forget to Live – they are emblematic of the LIFE we are suppose to LIVE!

There is a crucifix that I wear that lost from its the top insert area the insertion that has the “INRI” proclamation placed there by Pontius Pilate – “Jesus  King of the Jews”.  For the little soul, this has also become symbolic – this loss from this crucifix – symbolic of the Cross that he also carries for Christ in the statement of St. Paul – “For I, through the law, am dead to the law, that I may live to God: with Christ I am nailed to the cross. And I live, now not I; but Christ lives in me. And that I live now in the flesh: I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.”

You see, dear soul, we are surrounded by every distraction imaginable – distractions that take us from the crucifixion that we are called to become for Jesus – and we think we serve GOD alone – but we are merely deceiving ourselves into a mutual self-deception that thinks it walks the Way of the Cross – but, follows rather that way of deception and illusion of a “lukewarm form of godliness”.

In my heart of hearts – I know I follow HIM – but the distractions abound that would draw the little soul away from his First Love that is JESUS.  St. Paul knew of these distractions, even as the desert fathers and mothers knew them – even as all who would truly follow Christ in holiness know them – for the world is filled with things to complain about – distracting us from our First Love – who ought to BE JESUS!

You see, we are dead to the law that condemns us – and we are called to BE ALIVE to Christ who saves us and sanctifies that which He saved!  We are then NAILED TO THE CROSS WITH CHRIST dear soul, if we really do know HIM!  WE Live because (and only because) it is Christ who Lives in us!  We are in the flesh dear one – and we are walking and Living that we might also say in Reality – “I live in the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and delivered himself for me.”

IMG_5378This is the Cross that we carry dear soul.

If we do not carry this Cross that we are commanded (not a suggestion) to take up and follow Him – then, we are only “church goers” that have a form of godliness, but we are denying the Power of GOD’s Grace and Mercy through the Cross.

“Un popular message, this is, no?” – said master Yoda to Luke Skywalker.

I am becoming so weary of life in this world – weary of being distracted from the fullest call of the Cross of Jesus, my Beloved.  I feel that I would be more at home in a cave away from all of the distractions – alone with GOD in prayer – rather than trying to proclaim the Gospel of GOD’s Grace through the Cross, when no one is really interested in listening to such a Gospel, for the distractions that surround most people are impossible to penetrate with the simplicity that is Faith in GOD through the Cross all are called to carry in Jesus alone.

Life is so discouraging – things never seem to work out in life to bring us to the Cross and the holiness that we are called to be unto GOD alone in Christ Jesus.  Just ponder for a few moments (if you are able to take the time to ponder GOD away from the distractions) what passes for religion in our day – can you honestly tell the little soul that you and I are that we are really totally His?

Few will ever take any time to ponder GOD alone.

We are all too focused upon our little selfish interests and have forsaken the Cross for worldly pleasures – and these dear one are passing away before our eyes.

Few see the reality – for distractions abound and we become blinded by them to the Truth – society – the world-system – Babylon – it is a shipwreck – and the world, the flesh and the devil are going to become things of the past – passing away forever in separation from the GOD who is making all things new!

It seems dear one the spiritual memory is so short that one can be “on top of it” spiritually in one moment and completely “without Faith” the next moment, based upon this or that distracting feeling that draws a soul away from the Gospel Truth – our First Lover!  Christ is our FIRST LOVE – and if He is not, then, we are deceived by something other than Him who is the Way, the Truth and the Life – the WAY to the Father.

I am weary – so weary – weary of the deceptions of the enemy of my own soul.

However, the little soul senses these things test us all – and we all must come to total surrender to GOD alone for the sake of the Cross that we ought to carry with Jesus.

The missing part of the insertion on my own Cross has identified my own calling – and I wear it with this in mind – I am not “Jesus Christ the King of the Jews” – I am a soul that has his own Cross, as all who follow Christ – carrying this Cross silently and solitary in unceasing prayer – seeing JESUS alone – following in holiness Him who is our HOLINESS.

For we Live in HIM alone in the desert place of the heart – an owl of the desert.

So, we ask our self – we ask others dear soul – “What is your intention?”  Is your intention to completely surrender to Christ Jesus – or is it to follow Him afar and remain in a distraction filled “Babylonian captivity” – trying to fulfill the demands of the world system, giving Christ “part time” service according to the “time we can allow for Him” between our busy – so very busy lives?

Ponder it – is this “true religion”?

I am weary dear one – so weary.  O GOD, let me find your Majesty in the desert places with St. Paul – for you have called in the night the weary souls to come and see.

Abba another the repentant sinner

Seeking GOD alone

September 16th, 2014

“In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to Hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.”  (Ephesians 1: 11, 12, NIV)

Dear soul, GOD has sought us out – and our seeking GOD alone is the result of being sought out by GOD.  He first moved upon us in order that we might move toward Him who seeks us – O, glorious thought of Perfect Love – the Divine Mercy Himself seeks out those who seek Him.

One cannot understand these things with the natural mind – we must have the Mind of Christ to know His plan and purposes that cannot even be fully known by finite beings as we are – even if we know Him and have the Mind of Christ.  Dear one, this little soul knows so very little of what it is that GOD does in this little Life we have in Him – and we multiply this by all those born, being born – those dying and those that will die – and the GOD who is Present in all the fabric of space and time – GOD knows us and seeks us out – and we seek Him, because He first cried out within our heart to desire Him in His Perfect Love!

IMG_5837I am so little – such a nothing – such a finite thing – such a creature to be ignored in such a large and hefty world system as is Babylon.  O, wretched man that I am – but GOD has saved such an one as I am as well as so many others who have been sought out by GOD – those who come seeking the GOD who is calling us to our true vocation – the calling of the children of GOD through Faith in the Son of GOD!

Who am I and what difference does it make?

Who is GOD and what difference He doth make!

He does all things well – “In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to Hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory.”  So it is in Christ – we have nothing that we can boast of – but, if we do boast in anything it is GOD alone – knowing HIM who is our Perfect Love – the One whose Word brings Life eternal – our Best Love – our Rest – our Hope and Peace and true Quietude.

O, Blessed Silence and Solitude with unceasing prayer – the prayer of the heart – the prayer that never ends – the union of the heart with that Sacred Heart of GOD in Christ Jesus – the Mind of Christ that comes and gives that Hope – that Perfect Love that we cannot find in man and things! We cannot comprehend the depth of this Mercy – this Love that is GOD alone.

O, my – how shall the little soul explain what cannot be explained with feeble tongues of men or angels.  I am an owl of the desert places that hoots in the dark night of the soul – no one listens – for I am a nothing – made of nothing; and speaking to my fellow nothings in an earth that just as well might be a nothing – for it is so small – but, for the Grace and the Mercy of GOD we would all fall into the great black hole and become nothing whatsoever – becoming darkness itself – but GOD sending His own Beloved Son made us to be the Light that shines in the darkness – that He might bring “many sons Home to Glory,” for He became the “Captain of our Salvation” – bless His Holy Name.

“O, Captain my Captain.”

He sought me out – and I am seeking Him.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

We are contempt to the proud

September 4th, 2014

Dear one, we are a contempt to the proud; an offence to the wealthy – get used to it.  God tells us this in Psalm 123 – and who it IS who Loves us:

IMG_6161Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.

I have felt this so deeply lately dear friend – the LORD has impressed upon this little soul the necessity to TRUST Him and HIM alone in these trials and tribulations of the present evil age.  Dear one, nothing will solve the problems of this old Babylon – the world is a shipwreck – flee to the desert with the woman of the wilderness. (Revelation 12)  Do not be deluded into thinking that mankind has the solutions for this present turmoil – we are being played by the enemy of our soul – only GOD can be trusted fully (see, Psalm 118 in its entirety)

GOD so Loves us – He demonstrates this daily to the little soul and all who have trusted in Jesus – in fellowship with the Church He has built – we are the little stones that are built upon the Great Cornerstone, Jesus.

Ah, dear one – I care little about anything but the Lord Jesus – I Love all people – I avoid the haters and the killers of this world – Love never fails – the contempt that we are to the proud and the offence we are to the wealthy becomes more apparent by the minute in this world that would relish exterminating the whole of the Church and the Jewish People, whose GOD wrote this to them.

I am a pelican of the wilderness – an owl of the desert – I have fled from Babylon dear one – deeper and deeper we return to the desert with Jesus.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Trust fully in GOD

September 3rd, 2014

Dear soul, we TRY so hard, when we must TRUST – and He says to us – GOD says:

“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart from evil.”  (Proverbs 3: 5-7)  Douay-Rheims says: “Have confidence in the Lord with all thy heart, and lean not upon thy own prudence. In all thy ways think on him, and he will direct thy steps. Be not wise in thy own conceit: fear God, and depart from evil.”

IMG_6403Dear one, what is it we cannot seem to grasp in this passage?

Trusting in the LORD – having confidence in HIM with the whole heart – what is it about the word “all” that we do not comprehend?

Lean not to your own understanding – what is it that keeps drawing us to self-knowledge?  We seem to keep trying over and over again to handle things through self-knowledge – well – sin causes us to fail to TRUST GOD.

In ALL your ways acknowledge HIM … what is it we do not understand about “all our ways” and “acknowledging Him”?  We try so hard and then try to call all the trying “trusting” – and we are not trusting GOD at all.  How, dear one, can GOD direct our path, when we are far too busy trying to do everything our own way instead of doing what GOD calls us to do in the WAY He calls us?

GOD says:  “I will instruct you and teach you in the Way that you shall go – I will guide you with My eye.”

He teaches all of us – He teaches those who TRUST Him – He guides those who TRUST in HIM – He instructs those who trust in HIM, dear one.  You see, GOD does not call us to TRY – but, He calls us only to TRUST GOD alone.

I am slowly learning this in the silence – having failed so many times for so many years… O, to TRUST HIM FULLY!

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

Entertainment

August 30th, 2014

Dear soul, for us poor sinners the flesh is so persistent in its demands – and it must be entertained, paid attention to, cared for – pampered and made to feel “wanted” – it becomes such a waste of time for us, as we observe how wonderful we are to look upon – so many “selfies” – yes, I am guilty as well on Facebook – sometimes people want to see who is writing about things – not many “selfies”, for we have a few that can take a few photos to fill the pictorial voids in our daily narratives.

Please do not misunderstand me – we have to take care of ourselves – we have a self that is a self – and, dear one, the body we have from GOD is in fact a gift from GOD – it is the temple of the Holy Spirit for a soul – but, dear soul, the fallen man – the old self – it tends to persistently want to spend every moment in keeping the flesh of what is the “old man” entertained and “feeling right”.

O, my… what a state of affairs!

My, how ego-centered we become in our willingness to look at our selves!

There is such a need for this kind of “entertainment” – a pampering of the false self – the “flesh” – it seems to be the “O, look at me” aspect of our selfish nature.  “O, my – Do I not look so marvelous in your eyes?”

O, for the Mind that is of Christ that will let the little soul forget so much this concern for the flesh that takes his little Mind away from the Mind that is Christ’s – he should always be in that Mind that is preferring over the flesh that Mind of our Beloved One (Philippians chapter 2) – the One who even set aside the pampering of the Flesh and Blood that He IS (but now Glorified) – laying aside His Divine Prerogatives, HE Became Man – preferring to dwell in our midst as Man, very Man – as GOD, very GOD – setting aside all the pampering of so much materialism – O, Lamb of GOD – the Perfect Love that GOD IS!

We are so contrasted with the Lord Jesus Christ – the Last Adam.  HIS eyes were always fixed upon Jerusalem.

IMG_6384Human Pride demands so much of us, while Humility demands so little, except to Love GOD more than all things – to prefer nothing before the LOVE of CHRIST!  Pride must BE (so often) in the forefront of the old man’s mind and seems to always want to get the honor – while, Humility is willing not to be so “entertained” – so “pampered” – it is willing to lay aside its glory and give honor and glory to HIM.

What is humility dear soul?

Humility is to look on oneself as dust and ashes. The humble person says, “Who am I? And who considers me to be anything? Who am I to deal with people for I am powerless?”

Humility does not require being entertained all the time, for the humble person walks submissively in his ways, never deeming himself equal to others. And when he is despised and rejected he does not get angry.

How many of us have failed in this manner – we desire the entertainment of our opinions to be honored always and in every place?

“Humility is to hold oneself as guilty and to find that one has done nothing good before God. It is to maintain silence, looking on oneself as nothing. It is to reject one’s inclinations, to look down to the ground, bearing death before his eyes, safeguarding himself from lying. It consists in not speaking, falsehood or arguing with someone who is older than you are, enduring insults joyfully, detesting comfort and training oneself in hardship, never distressing anyone.” ~ St. Abba Isaiah

O, dear one – trust and walk in repentance with Jesus – it is the Way of the Heart that is the Mind of Christ.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner

 

 

The Way of God alone

August 30th, 2014

“True escape from the world is for a person to know how to control his tongue, wherever he might be,” Abba Tithoes said.

IMG_6394When we are tempted to speak when we should remain silent – we are tempted to be again a part of Babylon – and all we gained through silence alone in GOD is lost in the wake of too many words. Words kill the spiritual life of the monk – they destroy his soul, even as the enemy destroyed the soul of Adam in the beginning. The Lamb of GOD was silent before His accusers – through the silence of the Father toward the Son – the Son responded with few words from the Cross – He showed us the Way to the Father – the Spirit of GOD bears Witness to the Silence in GOD – the Way to the Father is to cease our speaking and listen to the Word of the LORD in the silence that comes in GOD alone.

We hear so much fallacy today through too much speaking. IF we do speak – we ought to speak to edify – weigh our words – make them few in number – and we should always seek to build up others, not to build up the self.

Remember – “In these days (GOD) hath spoken to us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world.” (Hebrews 1: 2)

You see dear one, when GOD spoke — He speaks once and for all — and the world continues to obey His Word — His Voice forever and ever.

Abba Anthony the repentant sinner