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    HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

    Today, on the tenth anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, we are publishing selected sayings of by the primate of the Russian Church.

    ON THE CHURCH

    Our word to the world should be filled with love
    The salvation of the world is the first Coming of Christ. But the Lord does not deny the fact of final justice. If at the center of His first Coming was the service of salvation, then in the center of His Second Coming will be judgment over the human race. It is precisely in the light of the Second Coming that our Church, which lives within history, must bear witness to itself so that people would be saved, so that people would not perish, so that the Second Coming, the coming of the Judge, would not be an irreparable tragedy for many, many of them. Therefore, our word to the world should be filled with love—not arrogance, not excessive firmness, but authentic love—for we are called to save the world, so that God’s judgment over the world would find a majority of righteous and only a minority of sinners. Then the very essence of God, who is a God of love, will be made manifest to the world in all its fullness, visible and invisible.

    From a sermon after the Liturgy in the Christ the Savior Cathedral,
    Moscow, May 24, 2017, on the commemoration day of
    Sts. Cyril and Methodius, teachers of the Slavs


    ON THE EUCHARIST

    We touch eternity
    Every time we serve the Divine Eucharist, we touch eternity, we come out of the boundaries of physical existence. While remaining human, having a body and a soul, we touch the very Body and Blood of the Savior; we leave the boundaries of this world, even if we ourselves are not aware of it.

    From a sermon after the Liturgy in the St. George Church on Poklonny Hill, Moscow, May 6, 2017,
    the feast day of St. George the Greatmartyr and
    the Iveron icon of the Mother of God.


    ON FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

    The family is the point of entry into the Kingdom of God
    Just as in the Church through unity with God in the sacraments human loneliness and limitedness is overcome, and the soul is warmed and fed with the grace of the Holy Spirit, so in the family, amidst relatives and friends, a person acquires peace and wellbeing, strength and inspiration to labor. The family in which peace and love reigns is a kind of entrance into the Kingdom of God; it is a domestic Church, as Holy Scripture calls it.

    From a television appearance,
    January 7, 2017, the feast of the Nativity of Christ

    ON LOVE

    The main thing is to love Christ
    It is impossible to fulfill the commandments formally, just as a child cannot formally obey his parents if he does not love them, if they are alien to him. Neither can a person formally fulfill the commandments—read the text and then say: “I will fulfill them.” Nothing will come of it, and St. Gregory the Theologian speaks wonderfully about this. In his words, the main and correct path to the knowledge of God is love for God in the heart, which is preferable to the path of the mind. The path of the mind is also necessary, but it will never unite a person with God if that person does not feel God with his heart; if he does not feel love for Him.

    But loving the invisible is nearly impossible. Therefore the Lord sent His Son, the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we would not only hear His words, but also come to love Him, having read the Gospels, and looked at His image; so that He would become the image, ideal, light, and hope of our lives. Then through love for God the possibility will open to us to fulfill His commandments; and as soon as we begin to fulfill them we will enter into the orbit of divine life. And then not only with our minds but also with our hearts and feelings, with our whole lives we will touch God, and feel His power and grace.

    From a homily after the rite of the great blessing and Liturgy in the
    Resurrection Cathedral, Bishkek (Kirgizia), May 28, 2017, the seventh week after Pascha, the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

    ON PATIENCE

    On the virtue of patience
    Patience is the ability to react to the evil that affects us without losing the presence of the spirit, without dissipating your internal energy, not falling into murmuring, into anger, into malice, or the desire for revenge.

    Undoubtedly, the will is present in our attempts to acquire patience, but the patient man does not absolutely have to be strong-willed, because patience is a state of the spirit. Any strong-willed man at some point will not be able to endure unrighteousness, insults, or offenses. He lacks the will and his patience runs out because he had no patience, only strong will and a good upbringing.

    Hope in God, a living sense of faith, and the understanding that God will protect us and restore justice create inner peace in man. Patience, like armor, guards the inner state of our souls from every external evil and sinful circumstance, and patience becomes a step on the path to the Kingdom of God.

    Homily after Matins on Clean Thursday, March 10, 2011

    ON GOOD WORKS

    Good deeds are oxygen for faith
    Faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26). If we do not travel in good works, then our faith will ebb, for good works are like oxygen, necessary for the flame to burn; and when there is no oxygen, the flame fades, no matter how much fuel there is. In the same way, the life of a Christian fades, regardless of rank, of position in the Church, of education, of everything with which a man fills his intellect and life, if there are no good works.

    Homily, after the Liturgy at the Sts. Martha and Mary Convent,
    Moscow, October 11, 2018

    ON SALVATION

    Faith is the key to salvation
    No human merits can save us; we can enter into the space of salvation only if we have the key to the door—and this key is our faith. Faith does not save, but is a condition for our salvation. Without it, everything that the Lord did for us and for our salvation will not be applied to us. That is why today the sermon on faith, the call to believe in the Lord and Savior to those who do not believe, the call to preserve faith to those who are beginning to waver, is the most important message that the Church addresses to the world. Again and again we say that salvation is from God, but we can obtain this salvation through faith and through accepting the Divine grace that is given to men in the Church.

    Homily after the Liturgy at the Exaltation of the Cross Jerusalem Convent,
    on Thomas Sunday, April 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/119085.html


  • #2
    Originally posted by Nola369 View Post


    HIS HOLINESS PATRIARCH KIRILL ON THE SPIRITUAL LIFE

    Today, on the tenth anniversary of the enthronement of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, we are publishing selected sayings of by the primate of the Russian Church.

    ON THE CHURCH

    Our word to the world should be filled with love
    The salvation of the world is the first Coming of Christ. But the Lord does not deny the fact of final justice. If at the center of His first Coming was the service of salvation, then in the center of His Second Coming will be judgment over the human race. It is precisely in the light of the Second Coming that our Church, which lives within history, must bear witness to itself so that people would be saved, so that people would not perish, so that the Second Coming, the coming of the Judge, would not be an irreparable tragedy for many, many of them. Therefore, our word to the world should be filled with love—not arrogance, not excessive firmness, but authentic love—for we are called to save the world, so that God’s judgment over the world would find a majority of righteous and only a minority of sinners. Then the very essence of God, who is a God of love, will be made manifest to the world in all its fullness, visible and invisible.

    From a sermon after the Liturgy in the Christ the Savior Cathedral,
    Moscow, May 24, 2017, on the commemoration day of
    Sts. Cyril and Methodius, teachers of the Slavs


    ON THE EUCHARIST

    We touch eternity
    Every time we serve the Divine Eucharist, we touch eternity, we come out of the boundaries of physical existence. While remaining human, having a body and a soul, we touch the very Body and Blood of the Savior; we leave the boundaries of this world, even if we ourselves are not aware of it.

    From a sermon after the Liturgy in the St. George Church on Poklonny Hill, Moscow, May 6, 2017,
    the feast day of St. George the Greatmartyr and
    the Iveron icon of the Mother of God.


    ON FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

    The family is the point of entry into the Kingdom of God
    Just as in the Church through unity with God in the sacraments human loneliness and limitedness is overcome, and the soul is warmed and fed with the grace of the Holy Spirit, so in the family, amidst relatives and friends, a person acquires peace and wellbeing, strength and inspiration to labor. The family in which peace and love reigns is a kind of entrance into the Kingdom of God; it is a domestic Church, as Holy Scripture calls it.

    From a television appearance,
    January 7, 2017, the feast of the Nativity of Christ

    ON LOVE

    The main thing is to love Christ
    It is impossible to fulfill the commandments formally, just as a child cannot formally obey his parents if he does not love them, if they are alien to him. Neither can a person formally fulfill the commandments—read the text and then say: “I will fulfill them.” Nothing will come of it, and St. Gregory the Theologian speaks wonderfully about this. In his words, the main and correct path to the knowledge of God is love for God in the heart, which is preferable to the path of the mind. The path of the mind is also necessary, but it will never unite a person with God if that person does not feel God with his heart; if he does not feel love for Him.

    But loving the invisible is nearly impossible. Therefore the Lord sent His Son, the Savior of the world, our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we would not only hear His words, but also come to love Him, having read the Gospels, and looked at His image; so that He would become the image, ideal, light, and hope of our lives. Then through love for God the possibility will open to us to fulfill His commandments; and as soon as we begin to fulfill them we will enter into the orbit of divine life. And then not only with our minds but also with our hearts and feelings, with our whole lives we will touch God, and feel His power and grace.

    From a homily after the rite of the great blessing and Liturgy in the
    Resurrection Cathedral, Bishkek (Kirgizia), May 28, 2017, the seventh week after Pascha, the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council

    ON PATIENCE

    On the virtue of patience
    Patience is the ability to react to the evil that affects us without losing the presence of the spirit, without dissipating your internal energy, not falling into murmuring, into anger, into malice, or the desire for revenge.

    Undoubtedly, the will is present in our attempts to acquire patience, but the patient man does not absolutely have to be strong-willed, because patience is a state of the spirit. Any strong-willed man at some point will not be able to endure unrighteousness, insults, or offenses. He lacks the will and his patience runs out because he had no patience, only strong will and a good upbringing.

    Hope in God, a living sense of faith, and the understanding that God will protect us and restore justice create inner peace in man. Patience, like armor, guards the inner state of our souls from every external evil and sinful circumstance, and patience becomes a step on the path to the Kingdom of God.

    Homily after Matins on Clean Thursday, March 10, 2011

    ON GOOD WORKS

    Good deeds are oxygen for faith
    Faith without works is dead (Jas. 2:26). If we do not travel in good works, then our faith will ebb, for good works are like oxygen, necessary for the flame to burn; and when there is no oxygen, the flame fades, no matter how much fuel there is. In the same way, the life of a Christian fades, regardless of rank, of position in the Church, of education, of everything with which a man fills his intellect and life, if there are no good works.

    Homily, after the Liturgy at the Sts. Martha and Mary Convent,
    Moscow, October 11, 2018

    ON SALVATION

    Faith is the key to salvation
    No human merits can save us; we can enter into the space of salvation only if we have the key to the door—and this key is our faith. Faith does not save, but is a condition for our salvation. Without it, everything that the Lord did for us and for our salvation will not be applied to us. That is why today the sermon on faith, the call to believe in the Lord and Savior to those who do not believe, the call to preserve faith to those who are beginning to waver, is the most important message that the Church addresses to the world. Again and again we say that salvation is from God, but we can obtain this salvation through faith and through accepting the Divine grace that is given to men in the Church.

    Homily after the Liturgy at the Exaltation of the Cross Jerusalem Convent,
    on Thomas Sunday, April 15, 2018

    http://orthochristian.com/119085.html

    Originally posted by Nola369 View Post
    ... The main thing is to love Christ ...
    The main thing is to love Christ 100% "on earth" and to hate the "doctrine of demons" 100% "on earth". (i.e. Psalm 97:10; Proverbs 8:13; Amos 5:15) (i.e. "doctrine of demons" "on earth" - a cunningly devised fable - the "false" "doctrine of Pontifex Maximus Caesar Constantine" regarding the day of Christ's most holy passion "on earth" - 100% deception "on earth" - "nullifies" the word of God "on earth" (Matthew 26:2) (Numbers 28:16) (Mark 8:31) - "quenches" the Spirit "on earth" ("beyn ha'arbayim) - "despises" prophecies "on earth" (all of Christ's (Matthew 16:16; 2 Peter 1:16-19) fulfilled "verbatim" Resurrection prophecies "on earth")



    Originally posted by Nola369 View Post
    ... Faith is the key to salvation ...
    When one places any amount of faith in an "accursed" gospel "on earth" (i.e. an "accursed" gospel "on earth" - Christ is "not" risen "on earth" according to the "doctrine of Christ" "on earth") (i.e. the "pagan" doctrine of Pontifex Maximus Caesar Constantine "on earth" - Reference: Pontifex Maximus Caesar Constantine's order (decree - epistle) to the Church's (West/East) bishops after the Council of Nicaea A.D. 325), it then becomes impossible to place 100% faith in the "gospel of Christ" "on earth". (i.e. "gospel of Christ" "on earth" - Christ "is" risen "on earth" according to the "doctrine of Christ" "on earth" - does not "nullify" the word of God "on earth" - does not quench the Spirit "on earth" - does not despise prophecies "on earth" (all of Christ's fulfilled "verbatim" Resurrection prophecies "on earth" - Reference: (1 Corinthians 15:1-4); the Key of David (Revelation 3:7; Isaiah 22:22))


    Romans 14:5 Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson (emphasis mine)
    5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.



    In Christ's service,
    David Behrens
    Sola Gloria Dei!
    Bringing Christian harmony to all the world

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    • #3
      The pure gospel of unmerited Grace received by Faith expressed in Love for God and man is too complicated for you.

      I would recommend you proof-read your posts because they come across like a raving lunatic or a madman.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by Nola369 View Post
        The pure gospel of unmerited Grace received by Faith expressed in Love for God and man is too complicated for you.
        I would recommend you proof-read your posts because they come across like a raving lunatic or a madman.


        Romans 14:5 Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson (emphasis mine)
        5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.



        In Christ's service,
        David Behrens
        Sola Gloria Dei!
        Bringing Christian harmony to all the world

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        • #5
          Originally posted by davbeh2010 View Post



          Romans 14:5 Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson (emphasis mine)
          5 One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind.



          In Christ's service,
          David Behrens
          Sola Gloria Dei!
          Bringing Christian harmony to all the world
          The gospel is not about a day but if it was it would be the Lord's day not the Jewish sabbath which is typical for Protestants nowadays.

          If you want to be Jewish so bad just convert and get it over with - quit putting on the facade of following Christ and the gospel.

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