Paterical accents about guiding and helping your neighbour in the process of penance Cover Image

Accente patericale cu privire la povățuirea și ajutorarea aproapelui în lucrarea pocăinței
Paterical accents about guiding and helping your neighbour in the process of penance

Author(s): Liviu Petcu
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion
Published by: Editura Doxologia
Keywords: Paterikon; support; assistance; teaching; hospitality; salvation; prayer; penance

Summary/Abstract: The righteous Fathers didn’t want to spiritually enrich themselves solely in thedesert, through their ascesis and efforts, but also their kin, be it a monk or a layman.This love of the spiritual father, who claims to bear the sins of his disciples is an outcome/imitation of the fatherly love of God and which can be seen in the entire orthodox spirituality.Indenture in the monastic settlements was the transmission of teachings fromfathers to their spiritual followers, in the atmosphere of working together, prayer, ascesis,perpetual ascent in the knowledge of God and the doing of good, following the model ofChrist, the Holy Apostles and the Holy Fathers of the first centuries. In the unseenwar, they distinguish ways of embracing other people’s weakness and learn how to beemphatic, just like God. The one who has true love risks his soul for the redemption ofhis brother. The spiritual athletes of the desert were unsurpassed in bearing the burdens ofeach other and thus fulfilling the law of Christ. They would refrain from the cursorynourishment and were affable hospitable for all those who, one way or another, wouldmeet them or enter their cells. They are paradigmatic for us all in this respect also.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 01+04
  • Page Range: 23-48
  • Page Count: 26
  • Language: Romanian