A Few More Words of Advice from Fr. Arsenie

Father, can we overcome hardship?

– You can, if you want. You cannot do anything, if you don’t want to. Love thy neighbour! Well, not like you would love your own wife and children – nobody asks you that. But don’t harm him. THAT is an act of love. Because you don’t realise – if you want to shake heaven and earth, how much power lies in the simple fact of saying: “God, please forgive him!”

Everyone will realise then how important it is for one not to hate, in this world. If you can help someone – and also feel sorry for your own lack of control and proper Christian attitude – then fine. Continue reading

The Grapes

They brought a bunch of grapes to Abba Macarius once. However, although he liked grapes, the Abba refrained from eating it and sent it to a brother who was ill and who felt a great need to eat grapes. Upon seeing the grapes, that brother rejoiced but since he didn’t want to succumb to his lust, either, he sent them to another brother, whilst commenting that he felt no need to eat them. That third brother did the same and thus the grapes were passed down from hand to hand, without any of the brethern eating them. The last brother, unaware that the grapes were coming from Abba Macarius, gave them to him as a great gift. And upon recognising them, the Abba marvelled at his brethern’s restrain.

Palladius – “The Lausian History”