O Lord Thou shalt open my lips and my mouth shall declare Thy praise.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

What is Peace?

Хт\ос Родивсz! Славїм Иого!
Христос Раждається! Славіте Його!
Christ is Born! Glorify Him!
Cristo Nasceu! Glorifica-lo!

Peace is having all your passions and emotions under control and at rest. That is peace. It is this peace of which Christ is prince and this is what He came to bring us. He came to free us from the yoke of sin, from the passions and emotions sin gives us, so we call Him Savior. He did so that, free from the dictatorship of the passions, we might be at peace and live in God, so we call Him Prince of Peace. Peace is not everyone being in accord with each other about the passions and sins they all have; peace is having your passions controlled and at rest. This is freedom. Giving in and obeying the passions is slavery and pleasure is the lie the passions use to control you; not letting you see the trap until after you are addicted. Christ is the Light that dispels these lies. He is the truth that silences the darkness. He is the one who brings peace. He is the Light-giver. He promises to free us from passions, the only thing stopping Him is that people won't let Him. So let us rejoice that we have been shown the Light on this glorious night of Christ's Nativity and pray for those who still need to find peace from passions and are still in the darkness.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Why do We Fast? To Gain Self-Control Over Our Passions.

For the value of fasting consists not in abstinence from food, but in withdrawing from sinful practices; since he who limits his fasting only to an abstinence from meats, is one who especially disparages it. Do you fast? Give me proof of it by your works! Is it said by what kind of works? If you see a poor man, take pity on him! If you see in enemy, be reconciled to him! If you see a friend gaining honour, envy him not! If you see a handsome woman, pass her by! For let not the mouth only fast, but also the eye, and the ear, and the feet, and the hands, and all the members of our bodies.
- St. John Chrysostom