• God is pleased to dwell in us

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    God is pleased to dwell in us

     God is pleased to dwell in us.  "God is not too grand to come, he is
    not too fussy or shy, he is not too proud--on the contrary he is
    pleased to come if you do not displease him. Listen to the promise he
    makes. Listen to him indeed promising with pleasure, not threatening
    in displeasure, "We shall come to him," he says, "I and the Father."
    To the one he had earlier called his friend, the one who obeys his
    precepts, the keeper of his commandment, the lover of God, the lover
    of his neighbor, he says, "We shall come to him and make our abode
    with him."
     by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D (excerpt from Sermon 23,6)

    May 2nd - St. Athanasius

    The young Athanasius, whom the children designated as "bishop",
    performed the Baptism, precisely repeating the words he heard in
    church during this sacrament. Patriarch Alexander observed all this
    from a window. He then commanded that the children and their parents
    be brought to him. He conversed with them for a long while, and
    determined that the Baptism performed by the children was done
    according to the Church order. He acknowledged the Baptism as real and
    sealed it with the sacrament of Chrismation (sometimes called
    confirmation is the holy mystery by which a baptized person is granted
    the gift of the Holy Spirit through anointing with oil). From this
    moment, the Patriarch looked after the spiritual upbringing of
    Athanasius and in time brought him into the clergy, at first as a
    reader, and then he ordained him as a deacon. It was as a deacon that
    St. Athanasius accompanied Patriarch Alexander to the First Ecumenical
    Council at Nicaea [1]in the year 325. At the Council, St. Athanasius
    refuted the heresy of Arius. His speech met with the approval of
    the Orthodox Fathers of the Council, but the Arians, those openly and
    those secretly so, came to hate Athanasius and persecuted him for the
    rest of his life.

    After the death of holy Patriarch Alexander, St. Athanasius was
    unanimously chosen as his successor in the See of Alexandria. He
    refused, accounting himself unworthy, but at the insistence of all the
    Orthodox populace that it was in agreement, he was consecrated bishop
    when he was twenty-eight, and installed as the archpastor of the
    Alexandrian Church. St. Athanasius guided the Church for forty-seven
    years, and during this time he endured persecution and grief from his antagonists. Several times he was expelled from Alexandria and hid
    himself from the Arians in desolate places, since they repeatedly
    tried to kill him. St. Athanasius spent more than 20 years in exile,
    returned to his flock, and then was banished again. There was a time
    when he remained as the only Orthodox bishop in the area, a moment
    when all the other bishops had fallen into heresy. At the false
    councils of Arian bishops he was deposed as bishop. Despite being
    persecuted for many years, the saint continued to defend the purity of
    the Orthodox Faith.

    He wrote countless letters and tracts against the Arian heresy.

    When Julian the Apostate (361-363) began a persecution against
    Christians, his wrath first fell upon St. Athanasius, whom he
    considered a great pillar of Orthodoxy. Julian intended to kill the
    saint in order to strike Christianity a grievous blow, but he soon
    perished himself. Mortally wounded by an arrow during a battle, he
    cried out with despair: "You have conquered, O Galilean."

    After Julian's death, St. Athanasius guided the Alexandrian Church for
    7 years and died in 373, at the age of 76.

    Numerous works of St. Athanasius have been preserved; four Orations
    against the Arian heresy; also an Epistle to Epictetus, bishop of the
    Church of Corinth, on the divine and human natures in Jesus Christ;
    four Epistles to Serapion, Bishop of Thmuis, about the Holy Spirit and
    His Equality with the Father and the Son, directed against the heresy
    of Macedonius. Other apologetic works in defense of Orthodoxy have
    been preserved, among which is the Letter to the emperor Constantius.
    St. Athanasius wrote commentaries on Holy Scripture, and books of a
    moral and didactic character, as well as a biography of St. Anthony
    the Great (January 17), with whom St. Athanasius was very close. St.
    John Chrysostom advised every Orthodox Christian to read this Life.

    [1]Council of Nicaea

    First Ecumenical Council of the Catholic Church, held in 325 on the
    occasion of the heresy of Arius (Arianism). As early as 320 or 321 St. Alexander(Born c. 250; died 326-328/), Bishop of Alexandria, convoked
    a council at Alexandria at which more than one hundred bishops from
    Egypt and Libya anathematized Arius. The latter continued to officiate
    in his church and to recruit followers. Being finally driven out, he
    went to Palestine and from there to Nicomedia.)

    Athanasius suffered many trials while he was bishop of Alexandria. He
    was given the grace to remain strong against what probably seemed at
    times to be insurmountable opposition. Athanasius lived his office as
    bishop completely. He defended the true faith for his flock,
    regardless of the cost to himself. In today’s world we are
    experiencing this same call to remain true to our faith, no matter

    The hardships Athanasius suffered in exile, hiding, fleeing from place
    to place remind us of what Paul said of his own life: “[O]n frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from
    my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in
    the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil
    and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and
    thirst, through frequent fastings, through cold and exposure. And
    apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my
    anxiety for all the churches” (2 Corinthians 11:26-28).

    Bible Quote:
    Even a fool, if he will hold his peace, shall be counted wise: and if
    he close his lips, a man of understanding.   [Proverbs 17:28] DRB

    DEAR JESUS, help me to spread Thy fragrance everywhere I
    go. Flood my soul with Thy spirit and love. Penetrate and
    possess my whole being so utterly that all my life may only
    be a radiance of Thine. Shine through me and be so in me
    that every soul I come in contact with may feel Thy presence
    in my soul. Let them look up and see no longer me but only
    Jesus. Stay with me and then I shall begin to shine as you
    shine, so to shine as to be a light to others.

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