St. Herman, Wonderworker of Alaska (1836)
(Vespers: (1) Wis. 3:1-9; (2) Wis. 5:15-6:3; (3) Wis. 4:7-15. Matins:
Matt. 11:27-30. Liturgy: Gal. 5:22-6:2; Luke 6:17-23). St. Spyridon
the Wonderworker, of Tremithus (348) (Heb. 13:17-21; Luke
6:17-23). Hieromartyr Alexander, bishop of Jerusalem (250-251).
Martyr Synesius of Rome (270-275). St. Finian of Clonard and
Skellig Michael, teacher of Ireland (549). St. Colman of Glendalough
(Ireland) (659). Martyr John, abbot of Zedazeni, Georgia (9th c.). St.
John, metropolitan of Zichon, founder of the Monastery of the Forerunner
on Mt. Menikion (1333). St. Therapontus, abbot of Monza
Repose of Flegont (Ostrovsky), stylite of Kimlyai (Mordovia)
Heb. 9:8-10, 15-23
Fish, wine and oil allowed
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Tuesday. [Heb. 9:8-10, 15-23; Mark 8:22-26]
The Lord did not heal the blind man of
Bethsaida right off—He first healed him a little,
and then completely, so that he began to see everything
clearly. Why the Lord did this is known to Him Alone. We
can get from this the following thought: if it was
considered necessary to heal bodily vision gradually, then
even further is such gradualness indispensable in the
enlightenment of the eyes of our mind. So it was. In the
patriarchal period, God-revealed knowledge was not
intricate; in the period under the law it became more
intricate and detailed; in our Christian period it is even
more detailed and exalted; but is this the end? Do not
expect anything higher on the earth; it will be [revealed]
in the other world. Two holy apostles assure us of this:
saints John and Paul. Now we see everything through a
glass darkly; but then we will see everything clearly. But
even there, there will be degrees of enlightenment of the
mind, for the sphere of the knowledge of God is boundless.
God’s revelation on earth is already complete; there
is no point in dreaming about something higher. We have
everything we need; learn it and live by it. Christian
revelation does not promise new revelation in the future,
but only that the Gospels will be known in the whole
world, and that this universality and generality of
knowledge of the Gospels is the limit to the existence of
the current order of things. After this, faith will
weaken, love will dry up, life will become
difficult—and God’s goodness will put an end
to the world.
SAINT THEOPHAN THE RECLUSE (1815–1894) was one of the most prolific and beloved spiritual writers of nineteenth-century Russia. His works, which comprise over twenty volumes, include such classics as The Path to Salvation and A Commentary on Psalm 118, as well as many volumes of letters. Although he lived the last twenty-eight years of his life as a hermit, his impact on his homeland was immense. His articles appeared in the popular spiritual journals of his time, his books were in great demand, and he personally replied to an average of thirty letters daily.
In the present book, Thoughts for Each Day of the Year, St. Theophan takes us through the yearly cycle of Gospel and Epistle readings, humbly and reverently offering us brief but powerful daily meditations on the word of God. He also addresses the problems of his day—lack of faith, coldness of heart, trust in the rational mind rather than in the revealed Truth of God—which are problems of our day as well.
Contemplating the sacred texts together with St. Theophan, the reader will learn to penetrate more deeply into Holy Scripture, and will receive answers to many dogmatic, moral, and spiritual questions which touch upon our salvation. Thoughts for Each Day of the Year can help us to more closely connect our lives with the life of Christ in His Holy Church, and to gain a better knowledge of how to fulfill His commandments. By reading St. Theophan's daily exhortations and taking them to heart, one can be changed by the grace-filled power of our Savior, in accordance with the teaching of the Apostle Paul: Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Rom. 11:2).
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year is published by St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood and Sretensky Monastery.
It is available at stherman.com/Catalog/Spiritual_Counsels/Daily_Thoughts_Book.html.
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