Monday, November 2, 2015

Το Παραδειγμα τῆς μῦγας ( Αγίου Ιωάννη της Κρονστάνδης )

«Τί θησαυρὸ ἔχομε στὴν προσευχή. Μὲ τὴν προσευχὴ μποροῦμε νὰ λάβωμε ὅλα τὰ ἀγαθὰ ἀπὸ τὸν Κύριο καὶ νὰ κατανικῶμε κάθε πειρασμό, νὰ ξεπεράσωμε κάθε δοκιμασία καὶ θλίψη.
«Μάτουσκα, κοίταξε πῶς παλεύει αὐτὴ ἡ φτωχὴ μύγα! Ἐδῶ κοίτα, να την! Ὁ ἄνεμος τὴν πῆρε καὶ τὴν κτύπησε τὴν καημένη πάνω στὸ πλοίο, την ἔριξε στὸ πάτωμα καὶ δὲν μπορεῖ νὰ σηκωθή, αλλά δὲν χάνει την ἐλπίδα της, μάχεται με τον άνεμο.

Αὐτὸς τὴν σπρώχνει πρὸς τὰ πίσω, ἀλλὰ ἐκείνη πάλι προχωρεῖ σιγά-σιγὰ πρὸς τὰ ἐμπρός. Τί ἔξυπνο! Ἔτσι ἀκριβῶς μάχεται καὶ ὁ ἐχθρὸς - ὁ διάβολος- τὴν ψυχή. Τὴν πετᾶ σὰν ἀνεμοστρόβιλος μακριὰ ἀπ’ τὸ μονοπάτι τῆς σωτηρίας, πάνω στὸ ὁποῖο κινεῖται, ἀλλ’ αὐτὴ ἀντιμάχεται καὶ δὲν ὑποχωρεῖ. Αυτὴ ἡ μύγα μᾶς δίνει ἕνα μάθημα» … ««Πόσο θαυμαστὸς εἶναι ὁ Δημιουργὸς στὴν δημιουργία Του! Κοίταξε αὐτὸν τὸν ἥλιο! Τί σπάνια ὀμορφιά! Κι ἂν τὰ δημιουργήματά Του εἶναι τόσο μεγαλόπρεπα, φαντάσου πόσο πιὸ μεγαλόπρεπος εἶναι ὁ ἴδιος ὁ Δημιουργός!»

 Αγίου Ιωάννη της Κρονστάνδης

A prayer to St. Ephraim of Nea Makri for those suffering from drug or alcohol addition (or other needs)...

A Special Prayer of Intercession to St. Ephraim of Nea Makri, the Newly-revealed Hieromartyr and Wonderworker

 O Holy Martyr Ephraim, look with compassion upon my distress and, as thou didst deliver the young man from his cruel addiction, so also pray for me that our Lord and Saviour, for Whom thou didst witness unto death, may deliver my soul from captivity to Satan. For I am in cruel bondage and suffering because of my weakness and sinfulness. Beseech our merciful Lord that, as He didst lead the Hebrews forth from slavery in Egypt and called His people out of Babylon, as He delivered the youth from the demon, and freed the daughter of the Canaanite woman, and healed the woman taken in adultery and restored the Samaritan woman, that He may also set me free and deliver me from the demon of addiction***. I confess that I have fallen into this evil through my own slothfulness and weakness, but have mercy and pray for me, 0 saint and martyr of God.

A short prayer to be said continually by one who is struggling with addiction to drugs or alcohol***:
O Lord, Jesus Christ, through the prayers of Thy Holy Martyr Ephraim, have mercy on me and deliver me from this cruel bondage.

***Note: that this could potentially be changed based on whatever one's specific need might be, e.g. depression, disease, passion, etc.