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)
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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