Kind of a long video. I’m a bit sleepy and rambling in places but… that’s me!
One of the things I struggled with when I was a member of a certain house of prayer was the tendency for people to misunderstand the difference between clairvoyance, prophecy from God, and observational information, and other ways of what I now call, ‘organic knowing’.
The prophets of the bible would not recognize much of what goes on in a, ‘spirit filled service’ as being from God.
The ladies’ group at church is reading from the book, Fr. Arseny. Here is what he said about the topic.
Another time I asked him, “Fr. Arseny! We, your spiritual children, often talk
about the fact that spiritual fathers frequently have the gift of
prophecy or clairvoyance…”. Fr. Arseny interrupted me sharply
saying, “Don’t continue! You don’t know what real prophecy or
clairvoyance is. Take the mother of a small child. She sees and
notices all his actions, and she can foresee what he is going to
think or do because he is her child and she loves him. All this
isn’t prophecy or mind reading; it is a kind of spiritual
observation, which is common to many. True prophecy and
mind reading is given by God to a few chosen people, people
like Fr. John of Kronstadt, but certainly not to us sinful people.
Let us stop this conversation, it is useless,” said Fr. Arseny
Bolded text is mine.
We need to take a step back and consider everything we do, making certain we have dedicated it to the glory of God.
No you may not!
We had some door-to-door exterminators come by yesterday. They all had these cute, mini-Segways you steer with your knees. I thought that was clever albeit not very good for a workout but since our neighborhood is at such a high altitude, I will give them a pass this time…
The man who sold the treatment plan to us told me a little bit about what is going on at other people’s homes in the neighborhood; ‘You have a very, buggy neighborhood, and your neighbor around the corner has large rats we’re getting rid of for him.’
I do like it that they sweep the cobwebs off of the house and clean up the dead bodies (mice, mice, baby). Our neighborhood is older and we live in the mountains. I’m surprised people have not yet been carried off by some of the smaller wild life let alone the bigger wild life although one woman in our area was supposedly bitten on her bottom by a bear one day when she was in her backyard. I can neither confirm nor deny this information but it did make it into the local news.
We do see bears from time to time in our neighborhood. A tech is coming by next week with bait traps for the voles. If I were to plant a garden now, I think it would be eaten up from the bottom due to all of the wild life in our yard. It has gotten very bad out there with vole holes.
I am a bit excited to have a critter free home and yard! We’ll see.
How are all of you doing? Who needs prayer?
I am paraphrasing but today’s reading in the book; Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives by Elder Thaddeus was about not allowing ourselves to become to wrapped up in the cares of the world. How can you detach more from the cares of the world? Are you a news junkie? do you visit conspiracy theory websites? Even the MSM can get too carried away (pretty much all of the time!!) so I avoid it all.
It can be frustrating to watch the news especially when it is so obviously biased about what is going on in Israel, and still focused on blaming Mr. Trump for everything.
Detach. Tell your family not to bother you with news updates, and avoid reading or watching the news for a few days and see if you feel better. It can be difficult. Everyone wants to tell me about the news. I think they think I am missing out but it is my choice not to watch or read the news so I must keep reminding them not to tell me anything about it. People do tend to get too wrapped up in it. It’s not as if knowing what is going on will change the world.
You can pray for the world without watching the news everyday. There will always be; war, famine, violence, protests, etc. Solomon said, ‘There is nothing new under the sun.’. He was right.
Say your prayers, give alms, go to church and avoid the world!
- I discovered some timeline issues within the story from the book chapters I had been posting. yeah, I know. therefore, no book chapters until I get this ball of yarn untangled! If ever.
- Reading Orthodox stuff is hard. Like… super hard. Even when you’re just reading someone’s biography you can run into some meaty things you need to chew 100 times before moving along. What does this mean for you who are blessedly reading Elder Thaddeus with me? It means that there is going to be a slight delay in getting started. HOWEVER; some of the points we will see repeated in his book are: acquiring a spirit of; peace, prayer, and love towards one another. These are a good head start/sneak peak at what you can expect from his book.
- I want a dog. (Not at all blog related up I’m putting it out there anyway.) I have never owned my own dog. Cat? yes. But not a dog. Sigh. Maybe when I get to heaven?
- I’m not dieting or working out right now and it shows. If someone were to ask me what my favorite food is right now it would be…
5. I made cream soda vanilla ice cream floats this afternoon for dessert. I regret nothing.
I think this is all for now. I hope you are all well. Let me know if you need prayer. All comments must be cleared and approved for posting. This means that no comment that contains a prayer request will be seen by eyes other than mine… and our guardians angels, Jesus, Holy Spirit, God, saints, you know… the usual crowd.
Thursday, May 13, 2021
Today’s commemorated feasts and saints
Virgin Martyr Glyceria at Heraclea, and with her, Martyr Laodicius, Keeper of the Prison (ca. 177). Righteous Virgin Glykéria of Novgorod (1522). Translation of the Relics of Ven. Makáry, Archimandrite of Obruch (or Kanev—1678). Martyr Alexander of Rome (284-305). St. Pausicacus, Bishop of Synnada (606). St George the Confessor, with his wife, Irene, and their children, of Constantinople (9th c.). St. Euthymius the New (1028), founder of Ivḗron Monastery, and his fellow Georgian Saints of Mt. Athos: his father, John, his cousin, George, and Gabriel. Monastic Martyrs of Ivḗron (Mt. Athos).
First of all, Orthodox Christians do not worship saints or the Theotokos (virgin Mary to others). When I brought this up he steadfastly kept trying to convince me being Orthodox was wrong without coming out and saying it is wrong. He brought up how ‘wrong’ it is for Jesus to be depicted on the cross. It is not.
The entire visit was an attack against Orthodoxy from asking the saints to pray for me, to icons, to… you get the picture. By the time I left I was exhausted.
I made the mistake of trying to defend myself and Orthodoxy. Some how along the way in Christianity the scripture that tells us to provide an answer for our hope has turned into, ‘argue with everyone’.
This does not mean argue with everyone, pick fights, and be unpleasant. People do not convert to Christianity because you were a better debater than they. It’s not as if I joined a cult for heaven’s sake! I went and converted to the original Christian church. The church that was started at Pentecost. This person thinks we are roman Catholic, we are not and no matter how many times I remind him I am not a Roman Catholic he still uses RC references.
While I was not hostile, I certainly was not at peace and I took the bait. I began to debate with him. What I really should have done was just shrug my shoulders and say, ‘I don’t know.’.
These sorts of ‘debates’ really do not accomplish anything beyond hurt feelings and bruised egos.
Lord forgive me. Help me to acquire a spirit of peace and not one of conflict. Help me to consider those around me better than I and to be quiet & humble. Amen.
The book club begins soon. Have you purchased your book?
Read through the beginning of the book regarding his life.
If we are bearing fruit… what does it look like?
Is the fruit you are bearing strong and healthy? Adhering to scripture and Holy Tradition?
Or is it moldy and stale, filled with personal doctrine and self interpretation of the scriptures based on backing up your worldly ideas of what Christianity looks like?
It is so easy to drop out and unplug during these uncertain times. To add insult to an already injurious situation there are ‘arm chair priests’ out there giving their own (usually nasty) interpretations of the situation. Ignore them all. Listen to YOUR priest, YOUR bishop and tune in to Liturgies being given at your parish if you cannot attend in person. If you cannot attend in person, there are monasteries that live-stream their services on Youtube.
Keep reading. Keep saying your prayers. Attend church even if it is via some sort of electronic service.
Do not allow your fruit to rot. Hang in there. Things will not always be this way.
A woman cannot live without faith. Either she lives for a period of time without faith and then soon returns to faith in God, or she quickly begins to go to pieces. It is another matter for a man: it is possible for him to live without faith. He hardens completely and becomes a pillar of salt, and so he lives, stiff and cold. But a woman cannot live like this.