May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 17

Godly people are departing

My dear little children!

How orphaned you have become, and not only you, but we, too. Godly people are departing for another world — those who have witnessed by their lives that they are indeed Godly people. Such people are becoming rarer and rarer, and the world is becoming empty. What the next generation has to say for itself is not yet clear, but so far life does not console us with good expectations.

Life is becoming harder specifically because of the fact that the world is becoming bereft of Godly people. Hold fast to your mama’s commands. These are not empty words but golden grains, which will send forth shoots into eternal joy. I pray for her and for you always, and I prayed for her while she was alive and after her repose, as soon as I learned of it. May her prayer before God for you be now even more bold than it was during her lifetime.

God’s blessing to all of you.

Sickness is a call

Dear in the Lord, I.!

I received your letter. I am fulfilling your request for prayer. But you definitely need to confess your entire life, receive Divine Unction, and receive Holy Communion no less than once a month, twice would be better. You should drink the Unction oil every morning with holy bread, and anoint yourself daily in the same manner as is done during the sacrament of Unction. Everything in your life was good, you lack only a living feeling of God’s presence in the world, and prayer to Him. Now God has called you in the form of sickness. Respond. Could there be any serious debts — were you and you spouse married in the Church? Where there any mortal sins (this question is about infants)? And do not despair! Turn to the Lord with all your being — your soul, and heart, and mind. You will see God’s miracle of mercy over you.

Spiritual illness

Dear in the Lord, B.!

Judging from your letter, your son’s illness is spiritual, and has already transferred to the psyche. Therefore, he should confess his whole life, receive Divine Unction, and take communion more often. This is what he should do, but he won’t do it, therefore take him to the psychiatrist. Yes, and you yourself must look over your own life carefully: could his parents’ sins be burdening the son? Could you have committed any serious mortal sins for which your son now has to suffer?

You must also receive Divine Unction, and ask God for patience, pray for your son with warm, maternal prayer, and release him into God’s hands.

See also
May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 18 May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 18
Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
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You are impatient. For, only those who endure to the end will be saved. Yes, and after all, there is reason to endure. The Holy Fathers say that the living children of mothers who killed their own infants take revenge upon their mothers for their brothers and sisters who never saw God’s light. Yes, and there are many other sins, known and unknown, and sorrows are a penance from God, but you have to bear them without murmuring.
May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 16 May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 16
Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 16 May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. Letters to Laypeople. Part 16
How orphaned you have become, and not only you, but we, too. godly people are departing for another world—those who have witnessed by their lives that they are indeed godly people. Such people are becoming rarer and rarer, and the world is becoming empty. What the next generation has to say for itself is not yet clear, but so far life does not console us with good expectations.
May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. On the Work of a Pastor May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. On the Work of a Pastor
Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. On the Work of a Pastor May God Give You Wisdom! The Letters of Fr. John Krestiankin. On the Work of a Pastor
Archimandrite John (Krestiankin)
The path to humility is long and extremely painful, especially in these pride-engulfed times. What tact and love, and again patience, does the spiritual father need in order to finally see the fruit of his life’s efforts ripen in his spiritual children, in order not to let the spiritual child fall faint in expectation and hope?

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