Monday, April 6, 2009

St. Theodore of Sanaxar wisdom

1. I remembered God and I was gladdened (Ps. 76:3), and what greater joy can there be than to remember God? The Scripture say: Except the Lord build the house of the virtues, in vain do the labor that build it (Ps. 126:1); and again: No one can come to Me, except My Father .... draw him (John 6:44). This means that without God's holy help one cannot accomplish anything good; and since His help is always ready, He requires from us the desire and care for what is good.

2. It is said in the Gospel that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement (Matt. 12:36). and again: Let no corrupt communication, that is idle communication, proceed out of your mouth ... and grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed (Eph. 4:29, 30). For the Holy Spirit is grieved and departs from a man who speaks idle and blasphemous words, and when the Holy Spirit is grieved and departs, then the spirit of deceit comes to a man; and seeing him empty, deprived of the grace of God, he enters him and leads him, according to his desire, into destructive passions.

3. We are not able to thank and praise God as is meet, but to entreat His favor to grant us His aid against our enemies and against our passions is possible for all.