Thou only, Lord, knowest what we need;
(Prayer of Pavle, Patriarch of Serbia)
”Wisdom will preserve us from wolves, and kindness will prevent us from turning into wolves”
”The man who spoke the quietest, but whose voice was heard the loudest.”
Patriarch Pavle lived a life of humble simplicity.
Patriarch Pavle belonged to a different tradition. He was a mystically prayerful monk, rather than a sanguine Prince of the Church. He was a Patriarch who blended, harmoniously, three key functions of his throne: that of the father, of the priest, and of the prophet. He understood, and lived, the legacy of Prince Lazar, martyred at Kosovo in 1389: “The Kingdom on Earth is but paltry and small; yet the Kingdom of Heaven is forever and knows no bounds.
We cannot pass through this world without suffering and hardship. The history of mankind is filled with so much devastation caused by the elements, so much misery caused by man to his fellow man.
In the Holy Scriptures, God points many times to the suffering that awaits His faithful: In the world you have tribulation….; If they persecuted me, they will persecute you: let he who wants to go with me take up his cross and follow (Jn 16:33; 15:20). The Apostle Paul also says that we must enter the kingdom of God through many tribulations (Acts 14:22). The Apostle Peter even teaches that there is a difference between suffering for the sake of righteousness which, he says, is part of the suffering of Christ, and suffering for sins, and he warns the faithful: let none of you suffer as a murderer, or a thief, or a wrong-doer (1 Pet. 3:14; 4;15).
we have yet to learn the simplest teaching of Christianity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you (Mt. 7:12). And what have we done with the essence of the faith, love, and love’s highest form, love for our enemies, which means rising to the stature of our Father’s hallowed Son who is in heaven, and the awareness that we are people of God, and to act accordingly. Let us try to achieve this. Then God will hear us and bring an end to the war, so that peace may reign in this turbulent world.
Cain and Abel were the closest possible of human beings, brothers alone on the earth. And yet hatred occurred. Whether we are to be Cain or Abel depends on each of us, regardless of the pressures from the world or from our enemies. Our Lord came to this world to teach us how to be true human beings, how to become heavenly beings. His suffering and death give meaning to every instance of our suffering on the way to his justice. We should never fear dying for the sake of God’s justice; but we should fear committing evil, for such sinners are the walking dead of this world. God has one standard for us all.”
“If we live as people of God, there will be room for all nations in the Balkans and in the world.
If we liken ourselves to Cain, then the entire earth will be too small even for two people.–??
Calm man is one who does not speak that he is the worst and so on but who si-lently bears somebody else’s insults.
If we fulfill God’s will with our best will and power, we achieve the holy aim of our life. If we oppose God’s will and commandment, we desist from following Hisroad and we go in the opposite direction – toward the eternal hell (where theirworm will not die nor their fire go out – Mk. 9, 44. Is. 66, 24).
The Christian principle:
Be wise as snakes and harmless as doves is valid only under thecondition that we should develop wisdom and harmlessness endlessly but evenly.Otherwise, according to blessed Jeronimus, wisdom without harmlessness will turninto wickedness and harmlessness without wisdom into stupidity.The second example is the story about a sheep among wolves. The sheep can surviveamong the wolves as a sheep only under the condition that it does not sharpen its hooves and does not become a wolf. It should act in such a way that it does not let betorn apart by the wolves nor that it itself becomes a wolf.
Doing of evil cannot yield any good fruit; therefore, evil deeds cannot produceany good results.
Our age is full of hard temptations and suffering. But Lord knows why He letsthem happen to us. Certainly not to make it harder than it is. Some people behave asif they wish the temptations and suffering were bigger and harder.
Through the prayers of Fr. Pavle Patriarch of Serbia, of all the ascetic Fathers and all the saints, O Lord of compassion and hope, have mercy on us and save us!