"Ô étrange Église Orthodoxe, si pauvre et si faible, qui se maintient comme par miracle à travers tant de vicissitudes et de luttes. Église de contrastes, à la fois si traditionnelle et si libre, si archaïque et si vivante, si ritualiste et si personnellement mystique.
Église où la perle de grand prix de l'Évangile est précieusement conservée, parfois sous une couche de poussière. Église qui souvent n'a pas su agir, mais qui sait chanter comme nulle autre la joie de Pâques."
P. Lev Gillet ("Un moine de l'Eglise d'Orient)

25 juillet 2016

La pauvreté évangélique et la richesse du clergé (patriarche Pavle de Serbie)


Un jour, arrivant au batiment patriarcal, sa sainteté Pavle, remarquant les nombreuses voitures près de l'entrée, s'enquit de savoir à qui elles appartenaient. [son diacre] lui expliqua qu'elles appartennaient à ses évêques. Ce à quoi le patriarche répondit en souriant "Si eux, qui connaissent le commandement du Sauveur à propos du nécessaire détachement par rapport aux biens matériels, possèdent de telles voitures.. imaginez-vous un peu quelles voitures ils auraient si un tel commandement n'existait pas!"



Il ne roulait pas en limousine comme certains. Il n'allait pas au Hilton lorsque visitant Bruxelles, comme d'autres. Pas plus qu'il ne s'imaginait être "au sommet de la chrétienté". D'où l'humilité et la vie de sainteté de feu le patriarche Pavle lui vaudront sûrement une place dans nos prochains synaxaires, au contraire de nombreux qui vivent selon l'esprit de ce monde. Opinion perso' que je maintiens mordicus sur base de 2 millénaires d'expérience de l'Église!




"Once, approaching the patriarchate building, His Holiness, Pavle, noticed many cars near the entrance and became interested in whose they were. He was told that these cars belonged to bishops. To this the Patriarch replied with a smile: “If they, who know the Savior’s commandment about unacquisitiveness, have such cars, just imagine what kind of cars they would have if there this commandment did not exist!”"
http://www.pravmir.com/patriarch-pavle-of-serbia-reposed-in-the-lord/


La religion ou la Foi, ressembler à ce monde ou y insuffler l'Évangile, il faut choisir..


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The Passions
And the state of unrest

The passions that create a state of unrest in our hearts cause us to forget the real purpose of our life, which is union with God. Saint Basil the Great tells us we cannot approach the knowledge of the truth with a disturbed heart. Conflict, downheartedness, lust, worry, and judging others, are all things that can not be allowed to distract us from the goal. Letting ourselves become troubled, or full of anxiety, does nothing to further our journey into the heart. Giving ourselves over to the passions depletes us, and leaves us waylaid along the side of the narrow path into the Kingdom of God.

We must not be so self-consumed as to have no compassion for others. Saint Basil the Great tells us that a man who has two coats or two pair of shoes, when his neighbor has none, is a thief. In the Holy Scriptures we read, “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell in it (Psalm 24:1)." No one can be saved, according to Saint John Chrysostom, without giving alms and without caring for the poor. We are stewards of what belongs to God, and now is the perfect time to share the gifts of God's creation with one another as much as we can. To store up earthly possessions, according to Christ, is the epitome of foolishness, and a rich man shall hardly be saved (Luke 12:15-21).

When we turn our attention towards the needs of others, our focus changes, and we are no longer consumed with self. In this turning of the heart towards those in need, we are turning our hearts to God. "Verily I say unto you, Since you have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, you have done it unto me (Matthew 25:40)." In our fasting, time spent in prayer, and acts of alms giving (charity), we are energized in our battle against the passions, and our hearts become at rest in Christ.

With love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon
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