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Κυριακή, 11 Νοεμβρίου 2018

How to reach purification-How to know the will of God


ΤΗΕ ROLE OF THE ORTHODOX CHURCH 

How to reach purification
I would like to remind you: the Jesus Prayer is not the only thing to be practiced. It is the entire therapeutic system of our Orthodox Church we have to observe. This means we should live a liturgical life (attend Church services frequently), we should live an ascetic life (fasting, keep vigils, love for hardship and toil), try practicing obedience to everybody (except for sin), cut out our logismoi, develop a proper dogmatic conscience, which means to get to know our Orthodox Faith better, and to constantly try to serve God’s will and not ours.
How to know the will of God
How are we supposed to know the will of God? This is possible only when we have a spiritual leader. We cannot discover the will of God all by ourselves. You may read all the spiritual books of the world, but again, you will never get to know His will this way, because it is not about intellectual knowledge. It’s all about humility, obedience, Divine Grace, experience of God. This is the right way to know what God wants from us and what decision we should make in every instance.

That’s why we need a personal spiritual leader: he will show us the way and will give us the keys to gradually be able to know God’s will and each time to act accordingly. There will be a time, when you will be able, by God’s Grace, to discern things by yourself, but not from the beginning. First, you will have to go through catharsis (purification) and reach illumination. Then it will be easy for you to guide not only yourself (not by abandoning your spiritual leader, of course), but to help others, by showing them the way to get where you are now.

Truly, this wonderful thing is taking place in our Orthodox Church. When you are done purifying yourself, you may become a doctor for others!

f. Savvas Agioreitis

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