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Reflection on the Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (St. Theophan the Recluse)


Sunday After the Exaltation of the Holy CrossMark 8:34-38; 9:1

By St. Theophan the Recluse  

“Whoever needs to comply with Me, deny your self and take up your cross and comply with Me” (Mark 8:34) .It is unattainable to comply with the Crucified Lord and not using a cross; and all who comply with Him definitely comply with with the cross.

What is that this cross? All types of inconveniences, hardships and sorrows, each from the skin and from inside, on the trail of conscientious achievement of the commandments of the Lord in life within the spirit of His precepts and necessities. Such a cross is so fused with a Christian that the place there’s a Christian, there’s this cross, and the place there isn’t a such cross, there isn’t a Christian.

Comprehensive privileges and a lifetime of pleasure are usually not pure to the true Christian. His job is to cleanse and proper himself. He is sort of a affected person who must be both cauterized and surgically minimize, however how can this be with out ache? He needs to flee from the captivity of a robust enemy. How can he be with out struggles and wounds? He should go towards all of the orders round him, and that is tips on how to face up to with out inconvenience and embarrassment? Rejoice, feeling the cross on your self, for it is a signal that you’re following the Lord, the trail of salvation to paradise. Somewhat persistence. Here is the tip and the crowns!

 

 

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