Hieromartyr Eleutherius, bishop of Illyria, and
Martyrs Anthia (his mother), Coremonus the eparch, and two executioners
who suffered with them (117-138). St. Paul of Mt. Latros
(956). Martyr Eleutherius of Byzantium (beg. of 4th c.). Martyr
Susanna the Deaconess, of Palestine (4th c.). St. Pardus, hermit, of
Palestine (6th c.). St. Aubertus, bishop (Neth.) (668). St. Stephen the
Confessor, archbishop of Surozh in the Crimea (ca. 790). Synaxis of
the Saints of the Crimea. Monk-martyr Bacchus of St. Sabbas Monastery
(8th c.). St. Tryphon of Pechenga or Kola (1583), and his martyred
disciple Jonah (16th c.). Synaxis of the Saints of Kola. New
Hieromartyr Hilarion (Troitsky), archbishop of Verey (1929).
Heb. 11:8, 11-16
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Friday. [Heb. 11:8, 11-16; Mark 9:33-41]
The Saviour sets forth a child as a
model of faith and life. Simplicity of faith gives birth
to simplicity of life; from both of these comes a model
moral system. Let philosophizing in here, and it will make
disorder within; under the appearance of better arranging
affairs, it will throw one’s entire life into
disorder. Philosophizing always cries, “This is not
so, that is not so; let me establish everything in a new
way; the old is worthless, boring.” But it has never
yet, in any place, arranged anything good; it only throws
things into confusion. The mind should obey what is
commanded by the Lord. True, the mind is called “the
tsar in the head”; however, this tsar is not given
legislative power—only executive power. As soon as
it starts making laws, it constructs it knows not what.
Moral, religious, worldly, and political orders are thrown
into confusion, and everything goes upside down. It is a
great misfortune for society when the mind in it is given
freedom to soar, with no restraint by Divine truth! This
is God’s wrath. About it is said, hide thyself a
little for a moment, until the indignation pass away
(Isaiah 26:20) During this apogee of mental
self-wilfulness it is best to wrap oneself in simplicity
of faith. Just as during a storm it is better to sit at
home and not step out to fight self-assuredly with it, so
during stormy self-mindedness it is better not to step out
into battle with it, or to seize the weapon of
philosophizing, or resist it. Simplicity of faith is
stronger than philosophizing; clothe yourself in it, like
in armour, and you will withstand.
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.
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