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Through Many Afflictions, the Lord Said, Shall We Enter Life

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“For one to go into eternal life and the Kingdom of the heavens, the path is narrow, it has obstacles, afflictions, distresses, illnesses and trials…Through many afflictions, the Lord said, shall we enter into life…There is no other path aside from trials and afflictions. This path all the Holy prophets, Apostles, Martyrs, Monastic Saints and Righteous walked. There also is a spacious path which whoever follows will go to perdition…let us ask from God to give good enlightenment and power to walk with eagerness the narrow and afflicted path, which leads to the spaciousness of the Kingdom of the heavens and the uninterruptible happiness…”

 

-From Paternal Counsels: Volume 2 by Father Philotheos Zervakos, translated by Father Nicholas Palis and edited by Father Mark Andrews.

 

 

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