Guidence of St. Simeon the New Theologian

St. Simeon the New Theologian

St. Simeon the New Theologian

“Come to the Lord with unhesitatingly firm faith and warm love and, in the words of the Lord, renounce this world completely and all the beautiful and sweet things which are in it, and your own will and understanding, and be poor in spirit and body. And thus by the grace of Christ, holy zeal will be kindled in perfect souls; and with time and growth in this work, there will be given in proportion to the work tears, lamentation, and a certain small hope to comfort the soul, and likewise a hunger and thirst for righteousness, that is, a flaming zeal, so as to be directed in all His commandments, in humility, in patience, in mercy and love toward all, and above all toward the unfortunate of soul, to the sick and suffering and aged; which are the fruits of the Spirit, according to the divine Apostle; and so as to bear the infirmity of one’s neighbor and lay down one’s life for one’s brother and endure the temptations which occur, that is, offences, mockeries, reproaches, bitter wounds, and to forgive each other with the whole soul every offence and wound, and to love one’s enemies, to bless those who slander you, and do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who do evil to you; which are the highest commandments of Christ; and besides all this, to endure manfully, with thanksgiving, the various bodily trials that come; infirmity, sickness, wounds, the fierce and bitter temporal suffering for the sake of the eternal salvation of one’s soul. And thus you will attain to perfect manhood, in the measure of the spiritual stature of the fullness of Christ (Eph. 4:13).

And if you will remain thus forcing yourselves, this community will stand as long as the Lord wills. But if you depart from heeding and reading the Patristic books, you will fall away from the peace and love of Christ, that is, from the fulfilling of Christ’s commandments, and there will enter into your midst rebellion, tumult, and disorder, disturbance of soul, wavering and hopelessness, murmuring against and judgment for each other; and because of the increase of these, the love of many will grow cold, or rather that of almost all; and if such will be, this community will soon be dissolved, first in soul, and with time in body also.”

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