Sometimes rock bottom is the most beautiful place to be because there is only one-way to go: up. The quote of the week is…
St. Paul tells us that when he was so unbearably crushed in Asia that he despaired life itself. He believed that the purpose of this experience was to make him rely more completely on God. As he expressed it: “Why we felt that we had received the sentence of death, but that was to make us rely not on ourselves but on God who raised the dead. He delivered us from so deadly a peril, and he will deliver us. On Him we have to set our hope that he will deliver us again” (2 Cor. 1:9,10). When the Christian comes to the end of his rope, there he finds God’s hand holding the rope and he commits himself completely into that all-powerful, all-loving hand.
Fr. Elchaninov has written, “I will tell you the conclusion that I have long since reached from reading the Holy Fathers: periods of aridity* are entirely normal, and we must bear them patiently and with equanimity.** These periods implant in us the humble realization of our helplessness and compel us to place in God alone all our hope for the revival of our hearts.”
– Why Spiritual Depression?
O Christ Jesus, ten thousand times have I, the passionate one, promised Thee repentance. O my Jesus, but wretch than I am, I deceived Thee. Wherefore, I cry to Thee, my Jesus: Enlighten my soul which remaineth unfeeling. O Christ, the God of our fathers, blessed art Thou. O sweetest Jesus, save us.
1 (of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation: hot and arid conditions.
2 lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning: his arid years in suburbia.
1 mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation: she accepted both the good and the bad with equanimity.
Nota bene: Quotes may be edited for clarity.