Saturday, March 8

Make the Most of Beautiful Moments...



Take delight in all things that surround us.  All things teach us and lead us to God.  All things around us are droplets of the love of God-  both things animate and inanimate, the plants and the animals, the birds and the mountains, the sea and the sunset and the starry sky.  They are little loves though which we attain to the great Love that is Christ.  Flowers, for example, have their own grace:  they teach us with their fragrance and with their magnificence.  They speak to us of the love of God.  They scatter their fragrance and their beauty on sinners and on the righteous.  For a person to become a Christian he must have a poetic soul.  He must become a poet.  Christ does not wish insensitive souls in his company.  A Christian, albeit only when he loves. is a poet and lives amid poetry.  Poetic hearts embrace love and sense it deeply.

Make the most of beautiful moments.  Beautiful moments predispose the soul to prayer; they make it refined, noble, and poetic.  Wake up in the morning to see the sun rising from out of the sea as a king robed in regal purple.  When a lovely landscape, a picturesque chapel, or something beautiful inspires you, don't leave things at that, but go beyond this to give glory for all beautiful things so that you experience Him who alone is comely in beauty.  All things are holy- the sea, swimming, and eating.  take delight in them all.  All things enrich us, all lead us to the great Love, all lead us to Christ."

Wounded By Love
Elder Porphyrios 

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With thanks to Kyrie for sharing this quote!

6 comments:

elizabeth said...

that is such a great quote! Saint Elder Porphyrios is so wonderful; I am reading this book again right now!

Naomi said...

Love this!

Naomi said...

Love this!

Laura said...

This has to be one of the beautiful things I have read in quite awhile - thank you so very much for sharing it!!

God bless!

Laura

Laura said...

Whoops - meant one of the most beautiful things :)

Laura

inallthingsrejoice said...

Wow. This was exactly what I needed today (and probably every day). Thanks for sharing this.

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