Suffering cleanses

Suffering cleanses the soul infected with the filth of sensual pleasure and detaches it completely from material things by showing it the penalty incurred as a result of its affection for them. This is why God in His justice allows the devil to afflict men with torments.

So, a Christian should never and for no reason worry, for God’s Providence carries him in its arms. Our only care should be that we would ever remain faithful to the Lord.

Based on St. Maximus the Confessor and St. Ignatius Brianchianinov

This photo is from the Agape Vespers in which monks are waiting to greet a disabled yet very spiritual man with the Pascal greeting, ‘Christ is risen!’