You must not be greatly troubled about many things, but you should care for the main thing — preparing yourself for death because until a man’s earthly life finishes its course, up to the very departure of the soul from the body, the struggle between sin and righteousness continues within him. However high a spiritual and moral state one might achieve, a gradual or even sudden and deep fall into the abyss of sin is always possible. Therefore, repetance and communion of the holy Body and Blood of Christ, which strengthens our contact with Him and refreshes us with the living streams of the grace of the Holy Spirit flowing through the Body of the Church, is necessary for everyone.
Based on Saint Ambrose of Optina and Saint John the Wonderworker of Shanghai and San Francisco
In this photo a monk is praying during the koliva service held by the Abbot Ephraim. Chappel of Saint Demetrios, Vatopedi Monastery, Holy Mountain (Athos).
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