Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Christ is in our Midst LXXV(letter 108)

" 108

29 October 1955

It is characteristic of human nature to fear death. Death entered mankind unnaturally: therefore human nature fears death and flees from it.

St Maximos the Confessor says: there is nothing more frightful than the thought of death or more magnificent than the remembrance of God. See how even such a saint was afraid of death, a man who had his tongue cut out for the sake of Orthodoxy. Many say: 'I am not afraid of death; I am ready to die even now'. This is only idle talk, and when they feel the approach of death, then fear will come...."

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