Everghetinos – Tema 4 (Ρουμανικά, Romanian)

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Din Pateric

Un frate care căzuse în ispită, adică în păcat, de necaz a lepădat canonul călugăresc. Apoi, voind să pună din nou început, era împiedicat de întristare, zicându-și în sine: «Când mă voi mai afla pe mine însumi, așa cum eram odată?» și, pierzându-și curajul, nu avea tăria să înceapă lucrarea călugărească. A mers, deci, la un Bătrân și i-a povestit câte i se întâmplau. Iar Bătrânul, auzind despre necazul său, i-a spus o astfel de pildă: «Un om avea o ţarină care, din pricina nepăsării lui, s-a înţelenit și s-a umplut de buruieni și de mărăcini. Mai apoi s-a gândit să o îngrijească și i-a spus fiului său: ‘Mergi de curăţă ogorul’. și a plecat fiul să cureţe ţarina, dar când a văzut mulţimea de mărăcini, s-a descurajat, zicându-și în sinea lui: ‘Când voi smulge și voi curăţa eu toate astea de aici?’ Atunci s-a culcat și a adormit. Trezindu-se, a privit iarăși la mulţimea mărăcinilor și, cuprins de lâncezeală, a rămas tolănit. Astfel, când dormind, când învârtindu-se de ici-colo, ca ușa în ţâţâni – după [cuvântul] Scripturii27 – și-a irosit nu puţine zile, fără să lucreze nimic.
După aceea a venit tatăl să vadă ce a făcut și l-a aflat că nu lucrase nimic. I-a zis: ‘De ce nu ai muncit nimic până acum?’ Iar el i-a răspuns: ‘Tată, cum mergeam să lucrez, văzând mulţimea buruienilor și mărăcinilor, mă cuprindea deznădejdea și, de necaz, mă întindeam și dormeam. De aceea nu am lucrat nimic’. Îi zice tatăl: ‘Fiule, în fiecare zi să faci atât cât îţi este lăţimea așternutului; astfel va spori lucrul tău și nu te vei descuraja’. Tânărul a făcut așa și în scurtă vreme ogorul a fost curăţat. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

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Δύο θαύματα του π. Παϊσίου Αγιορείτου

Ο Άγιος Παϊσιος

Ο Άγιος Παϊσιος

Γέροντας Εφραίμ

Ιερός Ναός 12 Αποστόλων Λονδίνου

4-6-2006

«Θέλω να πω ότι αυτοί οι άγιοι που αγίασαν σήμερα έχουν μεγάλη δόξα, μεγάλη παρρησία στο Θεό και μας βοηθούν πάρα πολύ. Πριν από τρεις μήνες συνέβη το εξής. Ένας οδηγός πήγαινε από τη περιοχή της Θέρμης στη Θεσσαλονίκη. Τον σταματά ένας καλόγερος και του λέει: «Παλικάρι, με παίρνεις μέχρι τη Θεσσαλονίκη;». «Βεβαίως, ελάτε». Ήταν μόνος ο οδηγός. Κάθησε δίπλα του και του λέει: « Κώστα, -χωρίς να τον ξέρει- έχεις αρχόμενο καρκίνο στους πνεύμονες. Να πας στο νοσοκομείο και θα τον προλάβεις». Και αμέσως εξαφανίσθηκε. Αυτός έπαθε σοκ. Παίρνει μερικά τηλέφωνα και λέει τι του συνέβη. Του φέρνουν μερικές φωτογραφίες. Τον ρωτούν αν αναγνωρίζει ποιός είναι ο καλόγερος; Αυτός αναγνώρισε τον π. Παΐσιο. Πήγε πράγματι στο νοσοκομείο. Τον εξέτασαν οι γιατροί και βρήκαν αρχόμενο καρκίνο στους πνεύμονες, ενώ ο ίδιος δεν αισθανόταν πόνους. Βλέπετε αυτοί οι άνθρωποι, οι οποίοι ευαρέστησαν τον Θεό εμφανίζονται μετά το θάνατο τους και πιστοποιούν την αλήθεια του ευαγγελίου. Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

All Saints Sunday

All Saints. Greek icon from the Holy Monastery of Stavroniketa of Mount Athos (late 16th - early 17th cent.)

All Saints. Greek icon from the Holy Monastery of Stavroniketa of Mount Athos (late 16th - early 17th cent.) From "Pemptousia" magazine.

Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh

In the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost.

The Mother of God and the Saints whose memory we keep today, those who are known to us because God has revealed them and because they have been understood and recognised, either by their contemporaries, or years, at times – centuries later, all the Saints are the response of the earth to the love of God. And this response is given by them not only in their own name but in the name of all creation and in our names also; because each of us has the privilege to be called by one name, our Christian name, the name of one of those Saints. And the Saints whose names are ours stand before God and pray that their name should not be made unworthy in the eyes of the Lord. The Saints of God embrace the whole of Creation in their love, in their intercession, in their prayer, in their real, continuous presence. How wonderful it is that we belong to this vast family of men, of women, of children who have understood what the Lord meant when He came, and lived, taught and died for us! They responded with their own heart, they understood with all their mind, and they accepted His message with all their determination, to overcome in themselves all that has been the cause of the crucifixion; because if only one person on earth had strayed, fallen away from God, Christ would have come to save at the cost of His life. This is His own testimony to a Saint of the early centuries who had been praying that the sinners should be confounded; and Christ appeared to him, and said, “Never pray that way! If one sinner have existed, I would have died for him.” Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »

Κυριακή των Αγιών Πάντων – Ο δρόμος του Σταυρού

all saintsΗ περικοπή που διαβάζεται την Κυριακή των αγίων πάντων, ή των μαρτύρων πάντων, όπως λεγόταν σε αρχαιότερους χρόνους, αποτελείται από τα παρακάτω λόγια του Ιησού, σταχυολογημένα από το ευαγγέλιο του Ματθαίου:

«Καθένα που θα με ομολογήσει μπροστά στους ανθρώπους θα τον ομολογήσω και εγώ μπροστά στον ουράνιο πατέρα μου· όποιο όμως με αρνηθεί θα τον αρνηθώ και εγώ μπροστά στον ουράνιο πατέρα μου. Εκείνος που αγαπα πατέρα ή μητέρα περισσότερο από μένα δεν είναι αξιός μου, κι εκείνος που αγαπά γυιο ή θυγατέρα περισσότερο από μένα, δεν είναι άξιός μου, κι όποιος δέν σηκώνει τον σταυρό του και δεν με ακολουθεί δεν είναι άξιός μου. Τότε πήρε το λόγο ο Πέτρος και του είπε· να εμείς τα εγκαταλείψαμε όλα και σε ακολουθήσαμε. τι λοιπόν θα κερδήσουμε; Κι ο Ιησούς τους είπε· αλήθεια σας λέγω ότι σεις που με ακολουθήσατε, όταν ο Υιός του ανθρώπου, στη Νέα Δημιουργία, καθήσει στον θρόνο της δόξης του, θα καθήσετε και σεις σε δώδεκα θρόνους να κρίνετε τις δώδεκα φυλές του Ισραήλ. Και όποιος άφησε σπίτια ή αδελφούς ή αδελφές ή πατέρα και μητέρα ή γυναίκα ή παιδιά ή χωράφια για το όνομά μου, θα πάρει εκατό φορές περισσότερα και θα κληρονομήσει ζωή αιώνια. Πολλοί απ’ αυτούς που είναι πρώτοι θα γίνουν τελευταίοι και οι τελευταίοι θα γίνουν πρώτοι». Διαβάστε τη συνέχεια του άρθρου »