Our Spirit Yearns After the Father (Part II)

Christ gave us everything. He revealed to us the glorious mystery of the Holy Trinity. He 'shewed us the Father' (cf. St. John 14:8-9). Through Him we receive and experience knowledge of the Holy Spirit, and can infallibly determine when it is He, the Third Person proceeding from the Father, Who is acting in us, and not some other spirit which might seem sovereign to the inexperienced. Through Christ and in Him we have a momentously positive expression of man answering to his primordial image and likeness to God. Now there is no longer in us anything or anyone else that could be the foundation of our being, either here on earth or in eternity. And Christ's words, "All that ever came before Me are thieves and robbers" (St. John 10:8) ring true for us in the clear understanding that has been given to us.

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Our Spirit Yearns After the Father

Our spirit yearns after the Father's love. Our psychosomatic (soul and body) formation enters into this prayer but can only go so far. When the heart is consumed with thirst for God, prayer purifies us from all that is extraneous and concentrates our longing for the Lord Whom we seek. When this happens we may lose all awareness of our body and the material world around us. I cannot say how this occurs but I do know that it has not been given to every man to cross this threshold. Many, having reached the border, take fright and draw back. Others, engrossed in their prayer, do not notice anything, and in a way which they remain ignorant of are caught up into another sphere of being, and forget the earth.

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September 1--The Ecclesiastical New Year

For the maintenance of their armed forces, the Roman emperors decreed that their subjects in every district should be taxed every year. This same decree was reissued every fifteen years, since the Roman soldiers were obliged to serve for fifteen years. At the end of each fifteen-year period, an assessment was made of what economic changes had taken place, and a new tax was decreed, which was to be paid over the span of the fifteen years. This imperial decree, which was issued before the season of winter, was named Indictio (Indiction), that is, Definition, or Order. This name was adopted by the emperors in Constantinople also. At other times, the latter also used the term Epinemisis, that is, Distribution (Dianome).

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The Feast Day of the Beheading of the Holy and Glorious Prophet, Forerunner and Baptist John

The divine Baptist, the Prophet born of a Prophet, the seal of all Prophets and beginning of the Apostles, the mediator between the Old and New Covenants, the voice of one crying in the wilderness, the God-sent Messenger of the Incarnate Messiah, the forerunner of Christ's coming into the world (Isaiah 40:3; Mal. 3:1); who by many miracles was both conceived and born; who was filled with the Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb; who came forth like another Elias the Zealot, whose life in the wilderness and divine zeal for God's Law he imitated:

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The Grace of God: How Can One Know Whether He Has Acquired Perfect Grace

Where there is grace, the fount of life, there good works come from the heart. When the Holy Spirit visits, any labor becomes easy, unceasing prayer flows from the heart, and the eyes continuously shed tears. This may be accompanied by spiritual enlightenment and pure, sober reasoning for it is then that the Holy Spirit acts within a man (person). Anyone given to passions, however, generates more passions within himself, thus allowing the evil spirit to take hold of his soul, rendering it dark and heavy.

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Directions on Spiritual Training

n His Loving-kindness God has given up purifying commandments so that, if we wish, we can by their observance be cleansed not only of sin but also of passions themselves. Passions are: anger, vanity, love of pleasures, hatred, evil lust and the like. Sins are the actual operations of passions, when a man puts them into practice, that is, performs with the body the actions to which his passions urge him. For it is possible to have passions and yet not to act from them.

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