About the Mother of God

– We know that you have great respect for the Theotokos, Father; would you please tell us a few words about her.

– Oh, the Mother of God! I’ll tell you this: a young girl, who led a good Christian life and was very earnest in her faith, once addressed herself to the Holy Theotokos: “Holy Mother of God, please show your mother’s love towards me.” – and the Theotokos replied to her: “Show your daughter’s love towards me”. That was her answer. So be the Mother of God’s sons and you will see the results.

Consider the Mother of God’s importance. The Lady of the heavens and earth! What God can do through His power, His Mother can do through her prayer. She stands by every Christian, for anyone who needs her.

There is no prayer, no matter how small – but said from the heart, of course – that the Mother of God does not lend her ear to, that she will not bow to hear.

You see – God sits in the glory of heavens, but He will enjoy dwelling in a Christian’s heart, by descending into it. Let alone the Mother of God! – who is a created being. Have unflinching faith in the Mother of God, every one of you.

Amen.

Fr. Arsenie Papacioc

 

Part of a Whole

Fr. Arsenie PAPACIOC

The Christian concept of salvation is sacrifice.

The salvation of each and every one of us is on the Cross — as the Cross is the most praised thing on earth.

Which is why it was well-said that we must weep for the tragedy of the whole mankind as for our own sins.

…How, then, are we supposed to save the world? Well, by living a proper life yourself. By becoming God’s person; Christ’s person.

By knowing that one is a “branch” belonging to the same Stem, by knowing that it was for you that the Saviour spoke. So by achieving this personal fulfillment yourself, you will have contributed ENORMOUSLY (even when you do this secretly, hidden from everybody’s view, perhaps withdrawn in the wilderness or in your monk’s cell; wherever you are) to saving the whole unity – the whole humanity! Did you know that even the leaves and flowers rejoice, too?… Not only people…

So, we are part of a whole ensemble, of God’s whole Creation.

And if one fights with all one’s might to cast off passions and enrich oneself spiritually, then let me tell you this: you have contributed, alongside Christ, to the salvation of the world! Therefore, you never know if some time, somewhere, you, too haven’t been a saviour, yourself!