“The Hidden Man of the Heart” (Pt 3)

“The Hidden Man of the Heart” (Pt 3) February 14, 2007

The religion & the fallen will of man

There is only one religion in the world: Christianity.

It is revealed to us from on high through the God-Man.

The moment of our death is the greatest moment of our life.

We must have our protection for that great day prepared in advance.

The body = humility. It is of the earth and shall return to earth.

That which is precious is the breath of God — THIS is the image & likeness.

Form a habit of self-denial.

The condition, says our Lord to follow Him: self denial.

Rehearse for the hour of death — so you may die joyfully. (Then you shall not die, but live eternally with God.)

We can never get used to the thought of death — because it is always yet to come.

At our “Amen” begins God’s “Blessed be …”

“It is impossible to live as a Christian — it is only possible to die as a Christian.” (Fr Sophrony)

Part One.

Part Two.

These notes were taken during the annual Clergy Retreat for the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America, February 6-9, 2007. The retreat was led by Archimandrite Zacharias of the Stavropegic Monastery of St John the Baptist in Tolleshunt Knights-by-Maldon, Essex, U.K. These are my notes and were filtered through my poor faculties. Any and all errors theological are mine. Forgive me.

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