Saturday, April 2, 2016


St Nicholai Velimirovitch.

   Repent of your ways, inhabitants of the earth. Behold, the eye of the Master of the world is keeping watch deep within you. Do not trust your seducible eyes, let the Eye illumine your way. Your eyes are curtains over the Eye of God.
   Repentance is admission of the way of sin. Repentance opens up a new way. The penitent's eyes are open to two ways: to the way which he is going, and to the way he should be going.
   There are more who feel repentant than there are who turn their wheels onto a new way. I tell you: the penitent must have two types of courage - he must have the courage to weep over his old way, and he must have the courage to prepare himself for a new way.
   What good is it for you to feel repentant and still tread the old way?. How do you describe a person who is drowning and shouts for help, but when help arrives will not grab hold of the life line?. I liken such a person to you.
   Repent of your yearning for this world and all that is in this world. For this world is the graveyard of your ancestors, which is gaping and waiting for you. Just a little longer and you will be ancestors and will yearn to hear the word "repen­tance," but you will not hear it.
   Just as the wind begins blowing and carries off the mist before the sun, so will death carry you off before the face of God.
   Repentance rejuvenates the heart and lengthens one's lifetime. The tears of a penitent wash darkness from his eyes, and give his eyes a childlike radiance. The eye of my lake is like the eye of a deer, always moist and radiant as a diamond. In truth, the moisture in the eyes drains the anger in the heart.
   The soul in the penitent is like a new moon. A full moon must wane, a new moon must wax.
   The penitent clears the weeds from the field of his soul, and the seed of goodness begins to grow.
   Truly, the penitent is not one who laments over the evil deed he has committed, but one who laments over all the evil deeds that he is capable of committing. A wise landowner not only cuts the thornbush that has pricked him, but every thornbush on the field that is waiting to prick him.
   O my Lord, make haste to show a new way to every penitent, after he scorns his old way.
   O heavenly Mother, Bride of the All-Holy Spirit, bow down toward our heart, when we repent. Open the fountain of tears within us, that we may wash away the heavy clay, that saddens our eyes.
   O All-Holy Spirit, blow and disperse the unclean stench from the soul of the penitent that has been choking him and lead him to repentance.
   We bow down and beseech You, O Life-giving and Mighty Spirit!.

Saint Nikolai Velimirovich, Prayers by the Lake, translated by Rev. Archimandrite Toodr Mika and Rev. Dr. Stevan Scott, Free Serbian Orthodox Diocese of the U.S.A. and Canada, Great Lake Graphics, Skokie, Illinois.