“The Light that makes man joyful…”

By the Elder Porphyrios, a monk of the Orthodox Church and Mount Athos (1906-1991):

“This is the way we should see Christ. He is our friend, our brother; He is whatever is good and beautiful. He is everything. Yet, He is still a friend and He shouts it out, “You’re my friends, don’t you understand that? We’re brothers. I don’t hold hell in my hands. I am not threatening you. I love you. I want you to enjoy life together with me.”

Christ our JoyChrist is Everything. He is joy, He is life, He is light. He is the true light who makes man joyful, makes him soar with happiness; makes him see everything, everybody; makes him feel for everyone, to want everyone with him, everyone with Christ. Love Christ and put nothing before His Love. Christ is Everything. He is the source of life, the ultimate desire, He is everything. Everything beautiful is in Christ. Somebody who is Christ’s must love Christ, and when he loves Christ he is delivered from the Devil, from hell and from death.”

The prayer of a servant:

O Lord Jesus, today and everyday, help me to understand you more intimately, to see you more clearly, to follow you more faithfully, to love you more completely, and to share in your joy in God the Father. Son of David, have mercy on me, the sinner, and abide with me. Amen.

Elder Porphyrios was loved and revered as a confessor and spiritual father. Gifted through the grace of God, he was able to see deeply into the hearts of those who came to him for counsel. The book, “Wounded by Love – The Life and the Wisdom of Elder Porphyrios”, Denise Harvey (Publisher), 2005 is available at Skete.com and Amazon.com. Read more from the book at http://www.orthodoxinfo.com/praxis/elderporphyrios_dispositions.aspx

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