Priest Visarion Alexa
If you are overcome by doubt, sadness, helplessness, stubbornness, despair, spiritual disorder, know that God doesn`t do this, this thing is not from Him.
Life sprinkles over us false aims and wishes but the man`s heart must have a meaning, that`s important, his depth must be awake, to understand that he is an eternal creature, to understand that he can go over death, that his meaning on earth is no other than eternity and the knowledge of God.
`Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.`
Any man who feels he is exhausted and burdened from a reason or other, may free himself. But his release is not an unchaining like you`d unbutton your shirt buttons, but a spiritual mood.
A man even if he were in a prison he may be with a free soul. The man`s soul is free, can travel anywhere he wishes and we are told this by the prisons`saints. Although they were jailed they were freeer than those who lived outside.
Freedom is a state of the soul, not just some social rights, changeable from a time to another.
Anything may exhaust and burden us: sickness, the deprivations of life, career, old age, relationships with people, sins, desires, irrational passions, unfulfillments, but most often our mind burdens our heart the most.
It is a great thing if the man has DISCERNMENT in everything he does, to discern good of evil and lie from truth.
All the virtues of the man are nothing if the man doesn`t have the needed discernment to discern the spirits, says Saint Anthony the Great.
But what means this differentiation of spirits?
When you are offered a thing, when you are proposed something and you want to know where it comes from search our soul, your spiritual mood.
Father Rafael Noica says as follows regarding this thing:
`If you are overcome by doubt, sadness, helplessness, stubbornness, despair, spiritual disorder, know that God doesn`t do this, this thing is not from Him.
If peace, hope, joy dwell in there, know that this is God`s work, this is your Resurrection.`
That is why it would be good to ask for discernment from God to be able to discern the source of the events which come over us.
But believe that beyond all our weaknesses, of all the blindness of our minds and soul, there is the True God and tell Him just this:
`God, I know that I am blind and I don`t see. You arrange all matters for me, for I entrust my entire will to You.` And you shall see how God will arrange things according to the spiritual need of everyone of us.
Do not be afraid to approach God being ruled by this thought: `If I am blind and sinful, God doesn`t hear me, He doesn`t see my pains, I have no place in His church!` Dare instead to approach Him!
We can`t hurt God, we can`t sadden Him, we can`t make Him go away from us or turn against us…never! He is only sad because of us, because of our falls, no matter which would be these.
True love can never be hurt. Someone who loves for real can`t go away or turn against the beloved one.`
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