May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Monks and Nuns. Part 2

Only one care

Dear Matushka!

I do not refuse to pray for anyone, but I am not fit to be a spiritual father. I am old, weak, and now completely ill. Will the Lord allow me to live a little longer on the earth, or has the time come to go home? God knows. I rejoice over everything, and am thankful for everything.

I remember S. and you. Your cross is heavy, but it is all from God. It seems to be what’s necessary. We have only one care—that the Lord would save us by His mercy.

Repentance every minute

Dear in the Lord T.!

I received your letter and will fulfill your request for prayer. May God give you patience in bearing your heavy life’s cross; but I cannot prompt you on what you should be repenting of. God’s magnificence plunges us monastics into repentance every minute, and not just every day.

Perhaps you are asking God in your prayers for something that would not be conducive to salvation. Do not ask that your saving cross be amended or cancelled, but rather for God’s help and strength to carry it unto salvation.

May God give you wisdom!

4/3/2007

See also
May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Monks and Nuns. Part 3 May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Monks and Nuns. Part 3
Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
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Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
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Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
Proof of our rightness in God is a peaceful spirit, which the Holy Spirit generates in the righteous soul. You do not have this peace, which means that you have no rightness. You are governed by fleeting impressions, and do not delve into the depths of God’s judgments, Holy Scripture, and the whole history of the Church which witnesses to them.
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Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
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Everything will be very simple and easy if you decide to do it unto God, for God’s sake, and to the glory of God. Everything in life and in the soul will immediately come together. Do not leave your job, live on your salary from the museum, and work at home for your soul. Do not accept gifts, and do not count on getting your only profit from payment for icons.
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