Prayer request

Feeling very lost, numb, and conflicted inside.


Anonymous asked: Could you explain about the Essences and Energies?


The divine energies are the timeless activities of the divine persons, and they express the power that is inherent in the essence of God. St. Maximus asks whether God ever began to do good. The answer is no, the divine persons have always been doing good. The Father, Son, and Spirit are eternally doing good, and in doing so, they express what is inherent in their essence (and the divine essence is the content of the person). It is these timeless activities that we are called to share in, and that is how we are divinized.

When you are praying alone, and your spirit is dejected, and you are wearied and oppressed by your loneliness, remember then, as always, that God the Trinity looks upon you with eyes brighter than the sun; also all the angels, your own Guardian Angel, and all the Saints of God. Truly they do; for they are all one in God, and where God is, there are they also. Where the sun is, thither also are directed all its rays. Try to understand what this means. — Saint John of Kronstadt
And there is Mary, descending from heaven on her errands of mercy and listening to each one of us, as her miracles prove, or even just satisfying our prayers merely by her presence which calms our excitement as that of a mother calms her child. People who suffer beyond the formulas of expression want no display of emotion, no bleeding heart, no weeping at the foot of the cross, no hysterics, no phrases! They want to see God and to know that He is watching over them. And how many of these suppliants have lost children? How many of them have looked up to Mary in Her great Icon and has felt with certainty, as though they saw with their own eyes, there in heaven, their own lost baby playing with the Christ-child at the Virgin’s knee, as much at home with the Saints, and much more at home than the kings. Before rising from their knees in prayer, everyone one of these people will have bent down and kissed the floor with gratitude for Mary’s mercy. The earth, she says, is a sorry place, and even the best of it is bad enough.. but there above is Mary in heave who sees and hears us as we see Her, and who keeps the little ones till we come, so we can wait with patience, more or less! Saints and prophets are very well, and Christ is very sublime and just, but Mary knows! — Henry Adams [Mont Saint Michel and Charters]

Anonymous asked: I've always heard the concept that "our identities are rooted in Christ," but does that cancel out the other things about us? Like gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, etc.


Ideally, identity in Christ shouldn’t cancel out anything. Having your identity in Christ doesn’t mean you stop existing as you - or it shouldn’t. Christ isn’t looking for assimilation. We are not robots created to fit some ideal that erases who we are as people. Identity in Christ should mean that we celebrate, grow, and accept who are as a person and embraces those identities which God created in us. We become more fully ourselves in God, not less human.

This is something American evangelical culture has wrong in a lot of ways - we see growing in Christ as giving up parts of ourselves “for the greater good” or whatever. And it does require sacrifice, but, I firmly believe, it doesn’t require sacrificing our identities and who we are as people. Indeed, a God that asks we change the core of who we are is a cruel God indeed.

If you sin, do not flee from God, but stand before Him and tell Him frankly of your embarrassment and shame, and tell Him that you are afraid. Be like the tax collector who was disturbed by his sins, yet did not flee, but came with all his sins to God and stood before Him in fear and embarrassment, unable to lift up his eyes, he stood afar beating his breast and cried out to God saying, ‘God have
mercy on me, a sinner!’
— HH Pope Shenouda III of Alexandria (via theorthodoxbritreturns)
If God is not for us, if God is not against white racists, then God is a murderer, and we had better kill God. — James Cone, A Black Theology of Liberation (via assemblyoftheincomplete)

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Do not think that you have a right to complain when your prayers are not answered. God fulfills your desires in a manner that you do not know. — St. Nektarios of Aegina (via psychosynchrony)

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