Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Photographs of various Byzantine-rite monasteries (most of which are Orthodox, one is Catholic) taken by Father Anthony Falsarella: Father Anthony's Monastery Journal

A Conversation on the Philokalia with Metropolitan Kallistos (Ware)

Renewing the Presence of Love in the World (Metropolitan Merkury of Rostov and Novocherkassk)
This is not because God is retreating from us. God’s presence among people is becoming impoverished because people are not open to God and to one another; man’s will often opposes God’s will and he is not in a condition to accept God in his life. This is because, by accepting God in his life, man accepts an enormous responsibility before both God and his neighbors. It is much easier to live irresponsibly, because nothing will disturb you apart from your own evil, your own personal pleasures, needs, and prosperity. When one’s entire human core is directed towards this, then of course one becomes removed from God, since one is not in a condition to accept God in one’s life. Accepting God into oneself means that one will have to change the vicious structure of one’s life.

If we do not seek to live in friendship with others, we should understand that this is not "normal" but rather a sickness that requires an intervention by the Divine Physician. Most people are not completely anti-social, but they do need to open their hearts more to those around them.