Monday, January 18, 2010

"May the Lord Jesus, Who said: 'Ask, and ye shall receive' (John 16:24), grant all your requests. Only prepare your house, and sweep it thoroughly to receive the Divine gifts. They remain secure only where there is no impurity. He who tastes of them becomes a stranger to the old Adam; he becomes crucified to the world as the world is to him, and lives always in the Lord."
St. Barsanuphius and St. John
"Directions in Spiritual Work"


Anonymous said...

Truly - do you believe sacrifice will alot humanity a closer, more vivid adherence to the divine? Hasn't the ultimate sacrifice already manifested itself via Christ the Eternal Flame of Life? Mere humankind might add nothing to said sacrifice in the hope of securing salvation in a grander manner - for salvation cannot be improved upon!

Gary Greenfield said...

Yes, an ascetic life or a sacrifical life will bring us closer to God.
Yes, Christ is the ultimate sacrifice.
Yes, we can add nothing to our salvation.