Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesdays with Words: more from St. John of Kronstadt

Linking up with Cindy at Ordo Amoris for Wednesdays with Words.

Another great excerpt from this wonderful book.

You see very clearly that it is extremely difficult, and without God's grace and your own fervent prayer and abstinence, impossible, for you to change for the better. You feel within yourself the action of a multitude of passions: of pride, malice, envy, greediness, the love of money, despondency  slothfulness, fornication, impatience, and disobedience; and yet you remain in them, are often bound by them, whilst the long-suffering Lord bears with you, awaiting your return and amendment; and still bestows upon you all the gits of His mercy. 
Be then indulgent, patient, and loving to those who live with you, and who also suffer from many passions; conquer every evil by good, and, above all, pray to God for them, that He may correct them - that He may turn their hearts to Himself, the source of holiness. Do not help the Devil to spread his kingdom. Hallow the name of your Heavenly father by your actions; help Him to spread His Kingdom on earth. "For we are labourers together with God." Be zealous of the fulfillment of His will on earth, as it is in heaven. Forgive them that trespass against you with joy, as a good son rejoices when he has a chance of fulfilling the will of his beloved father.  

I have been noticing very much lately, that every time I want to point a finger, those other three fingers keep pointing directly back at me and there's just no way around it. May the Lord help me to be patient with others who struggle just as I do.





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