Wednesday, May 13, 2009

St Theophan the Recluse on Mid-Pentecost

Here is St Theophan the Recluse's "thought" for Mid-Pentecost, as translated by Reader Nicholas Parks:
On Mid-Pentecost we hear the call of the Lord: "whosoever thirsteth, let him come to Me and drink" (John 7:37). If this is so, then let us all run to Him. Whatever you thirst for - so long as it is not contrary to the spirit of the Lord - you will find relief in Him. If you thirst for knowledge, run to the Lord, for He is the one and only light, enlightening every man. If you thirst for cleansing from sin and quenching of the flames of your conscience, run to the Lord, for He tore asunder the handwriting of our sins upon the Cross. If you thirst for peace in your heart, run to the Lord, for He is the treasury of all good, Whose abundance will teach you to forget all deprivations and despise all earthly good, so as to be filled with Him alone. If you need strength, He is almighty. If you need glory, His glory surpasses the world. If you desire freedom, He gives true freedom. He will resolve all of our doubts, loose the bonds of our passions, dispel all our troubles and difficulties, will enable us to overcome all obstacles, temptations and intrigues of the enemy, and will make smooth the path of our spiritual life. Let us all run to the Lord!
Illustration: The Lord's appearance to His disciples; miniature from an illuminated Gospel and Epistle, 11th century, parchment, Monastery of Dionysiou, Mount Athos.

1 comment:

Jacob of Monroe said...

Hello friend,

I found your site today and am deeply encouraged. I thank you for the link that has the lectures by Fr Louth.

I am a high-church, conservative Presbyterian. I like to say that CS Lewis' thought summarizes my views to a large degree, though obviously there is more to it than that. I also liked your posts on Serbia and Kosovo.

I have bookmarked your site. Thanks for writing good posts.