Friday, January 3, 2014
St. Seraphim of Sarov on patient endurance of afflictions
St. Seraphim of Sarov (source)
Man, as far as his body is concerned, is like a lighted candle. A candle must be consumed; thus also the body must die. But the soul is immortal, and so our care also must be more for the soul than for the body: For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? (Mk. 8:36)...
One should always endure any trial for the sake of God with gratitude. Our life is a single minute in comparison with eternity; and therefore, according to the Apostle, the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Rom. 8:18).
Bear it in silence when an enemy offends you, and open your heart to the Lord...
Without sorrows there is no salvation. On the other hand, the Kingdom of God awaits those who have patiently endured. And all the glory of the world is nothing in comparison.
-St. Seraphim of Sarov
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!