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The sign of our love of God. St. Porphyrios the Kapsokalyvite of Oropos, Attica

Χριστὸς ἀνέστη! Ἀληθῶς ἀνέστη!

Christ is risen! Truly He is risen!

Христос Воскресе! Воистину Воскресе!

ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!

Teachings of St. Porphyrios of Kafsokalivia

Πορφυριος Καυσοκαλυβιτης_St. Porphyrios of Kavsokalyvia22._22_The Elder says,Christ is Our Love .

We shouldn’t continue relentlessly in order to acquire what we want; rather we should leave all things to the will of God. What happens when we peruse what we want?  These always increase and we are never satisfied with what we have. The more we chase after these wants the more elusive they become. If we pray for good grades next we will ask for a good job.  Then it will be for a better job and so forth.

What should we ask for in our prayer?

In our prayer we should ask only for the salvation of our soul…. The secret is to ask for your union with Christ with utter selflessness, without saying “give me this” or “give me that.”… We should ask for the will of God to be done.The enemy is our egoism.

Elder Porphyrios says,

Those who desire and crave to belong to Christ and who abandon themselves tot he will of God become worthy.

This is the greatest spiritual challenge to give up our will and submit it to God’s will.  It is a necessity to be able to keep all of His commandments.  This is the sign of our love of God.
Jesus says, He who has my commandments and keeps them, he is the one who loves me; and he who loves me shall be loved by my Father and I will love him and will manifest myself to him. John 14:21

To be in union with God takes great effort on our part.

He advises us to pray for the divine light to shine within us to open our spiritual eyes to understand His divine words. To pray the words, “Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us,” we need divine eros, he says.

Love is sufficient to bring us into a suitable frame of mind for prayer. Christ will come on His own and He will stoop over our soul as long as he finds certain little things which gratify Him: good intention, humility and love….

Reference: Wounded By Love, p 116-7
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