Masking the soul ~ Η μάσκα της ψυχής

Humiliation Cures The Proud And Replaces Any Excess With Humility

If we don’t humble ourselves, God will give us a bigger lesson of humbleness by allowing some type of hardship to happen to us. So, do not boast over your good life, when your brother is going through a trial that aims to humiliate him for the cure of his soul, with an illness or a difficulty. It is like boasting that you are out of the hospital while your neighbor is still being treated.

We should thank God that we are well, but not to be proud of the blessing we have, which is a gift and grace of God. Because if we are proud, the very next day our Heavenly Father can choose a trial for our own salvation, just as for our brother.

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Proud people belittle others because they have no real value and they try with this disparaging behavior of theirs to cover the impurity and the insignificance of their own soul …

Saint Luke of Crimea , the Physician (Speeches, Volume III p. 250)

Saint Luke the Surgeon, of Crimea, Simferopol

More about Saint Luke the great surgeon |

On 11th of June we honor the memory of St. Luke of Simferopol (Crimea).

Saint Luke the surgeon , or Saint Luke of Simferopol , is a Saint of our time and a doctor who performed the first organ transplant which was kept as a secret because of his Christian faith.

https://orthodoxwiki.org/Luke_(Voino-Yasenetsky)_of_Simferopol_and_Crimea

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luka_(Voyno-Yasenetsky)

In his wise words :

“The rose does not speak, but puts forth a strong fragrance. We too, should put forth fragrance, pour forth spiritual fragrance, the fragrance of Christ. The fragrance of our deeds should be heard from far around: good, pure, and righteous deeds, full of love. Only thus can the Kingdom of God appear within our hearts, appearing not through words, but with power. Amen.”

–Saint Luke of Simferopol,Crimea .

Apostle Paul about living in essence and in wisdom |

CORINTHIANS A’ 13:1-13 ~

 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful;
 it is not arrogant or rude. Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but rejoices in the right. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. For our knowledge is imperfect and our prophecy is imperfect; but when the perfect comes, the imperfect will pass away.

Bible passage in original Greek text |

ΠΡΟΣ ΚΟΡΙΝΘΙΟΥΣ Α’ 13:1-13

Aν μιλάω τις γλώσσες των ανθρώπων και των αγγέλων, αλλά δεν έχω αγάπη, έγινα ένα κομμάτι μπρούντζος που βγάζει ήχους ή ένα κύμβαλο που ξεκουφαίνει. Kαι αν έχω προφητεία, και γνωρίζω όλα τα μυστήρια και όλη τη γνώση, και αν έχω όλη την πίστη, ώστε να μετατοπίζω βουνά, αλλά δεν έχω αγάπη, δεν είμαι τίποτε. Kαι αν διανείμω όλα τα υπάρχοντά μου, και αν παραδώσω το σώμα μου για να καώ, αλλά δεν έχω αγάπη, δεν ωφελούμαι τίποτε. H αγάπη μακροθυμεί, αγαθοποιε ί· η αγάπη δεν φθονεί· η αγάπη δεν αυθαδιάζει, δεν υπερηφανεύεται, δεν φέρεται με απρέπεια, δεν ζητάει τα δικά της, δεν εξάπτεται, δεν συλλογίζεται το κακό· δεν χαίρεται στην αδικία, συγχαίρει όμως στην αλήθεια. Όλα τα ανέχεται, όλα τα πιστεύει, όλα τα ελπίζει, όλα τα υπομένει. H αγάπη δεν καταργείται ποτέ· τα άλλα, όμως, είτε προφητείες είναι, θα καταργηθούν· είτε γλώσσες, θα σταματήσουν· είτε γνώση, θα καταργηθεί· επειδή, κατά μέρος γνωρίζουμε, και κατά μέρος προφητεύουμε· όταν, όμως, έρθει το τέλειο, τότε το κατά μέρος θα καταργηθεί. 

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