Friday, May 23, 2014

St. Porphyrios: Do not be afraid of anything!

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!
Jesus Christ, the Good Shepherd, Who lays down His life for the sheep (source)
[St. Porphyrios], sitting below a pine tree on one summer afternoon, spoke to us on the limitless trust that we must have in the providence of God: "Do you know that which the Scripture says: 'and even the hairs of your head are numbered'? This is reality. This is how it is.

"Nothing in life is by chance. God provides for even the smallest details of our life. He is not indifferent towards us, we are not alone in the world. He loves us greatly, and He has us in His nous at every instant, and protects us. We must understand this and never be afraid of anything."

We asked [the Saint], after the invasion, what will happen with Cyprus, and he said: "Let God do His job." The same he said when there were great earthquakes occurring in Greece, and remained unswayed by the situation. He said: "Let us do good deeds, and God will do whatever He desires."

"Sometimes fears come to you, as you told me, because you do not love Christ very much. This is everything..."
(amateur translation of text from source)

Christ is risen from the dead, by death trampling down upon death, and to those in the tombs, bestowing life!
Truly the Lord is risen!

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