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Δευτέρα, 24 Ιουλίου 2017

IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD

- It's no coincidence that God revealed Himself here to Moses [and Elijah]. It is very quiet here. As it was also quiet at the time of Christ’s birth, Who came to this world in a manger, away from the city of Bethlehem and crowds of people. God usually chose quiet and peaceful circumstances when He wanted to address people, to start a special personal relationship with them. Quietness helps a person to stay calm and tranquil. It is hard to imagine another quiet, blessed place like this in any other part of the world. Many guests come here to visit. Even when not religious, they feel something special that fills their hearts. Many, many years ago the Mountain [Sinai] was named “The God Trodden Mountain.” Is it possible that He was present here for forty days without leaving His grace with us?

(Talking to the monks at St. Catherine's, from God’s Capital by Igor Polishchuk, Vitaly Glushchenko)

Photo: Sinai icon of Prophet Elijah fed by a raven; Sinai view; Dwelling place and oasis of Prophet Elijah

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