September 29/October 12
St. Cyriacus the Hermit, of Palestine (556) (Gal. 5:22-6:2; Luke 6:17-23). St. Theophanes the Merciful, of Gaza. Martyrs Dada, Gabdelas, and Casdoe, of Persia (4th c.). Holy Martyr Gudelia of Persia (4th c.). 80 Holy Martyrs of Byzantium (364-378). St. Cyprian, abbot, of Ustiug (Vologda) (1276). St. Onuphrius the Wonderworker, of Gareji, Georgia (1733). New Hieromartyr John (Pommer), archbishop of Riga (Latvia) (1934). Uncovering of the relics (1993) of St. John (Maximovitch), archbishop of Shanghai and San Francisco (1966). (Gr. Cal.: Martyrs Tryphon, Trophimus, and Dorymedon, and 150 Martyrs, in Palestine.)
Repose of Blessed Anthony Alexeyevich, fool-for-Christ, of Zadonsk (1851), and Archimandrite Gerasim (Schmaltz) of Alaska (1969).
I Cor. 10:23-28
Thoughts for Each Day of the Year
According to the Daily Church Readings from the Word of God
By St. Theophan the Recluse
Saturday. [I Cor. 15:58-16:3; Luke 5:17-26]
But that ye may know that the Son of
man hath power on earth to forgive sins, He said to
the paralytic, I say unto thee, Arise, and take up they
couch, and go into thine house. Remission of sins is
an inner, spiritual miracle; healing from paralysis is an
outer miracle—the natural acting of God in the
world, a physical miracle. The flowing in of God’s
power is justified and confirmed by this event in the
moral realm, and in the movement of phenomena in the
physical world. The latter is in view of the former, for
in the former lies the goal of everything. The Lord does
not coerce one’s freedom, but gives understanding,
inspires, and amazes. One of the best means for this is an
outer miracle. This came to be when man became a rational
creature, ruled by freedom. This connection is so
essential, that those who reject the supernatural action
of God in the world also reject the freedom of man, along
with the recognition that the latter must necessarily call
forth the former. On the other hand, those who confess the
truth of God’s influence in the world beyond a
natural flow of events can say boldly: we can feel that we
are free. The recognition of freedom is as strong and
irresistible as the recognition of one’s existence.
Freedom urgently demands direct providential actions of
God: consequently the acknowledgement of these actions
stands as firmly as the recognition of freedom.
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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