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Κυριακή, 26 Μαΐου 2019

The Divine Eucharist - St. Dionysius




St. Dionysius teaches that the sacrament of the Divine Eucharist is the most effective means of the soul's sanctification.

Through Holy Communion we are freed from our forgivable sins and preserved from deadly ones.

This sacrament kindles in our souls divine love. God is love. he is fire which drives from our hearts every earthly inclination; and this fire of divine love which our Christ brought upon the earth seeks nothing else than to see our hearts flaming with divine love.

Holy Communion draws us so much to love, that when we retire after partaking of it we become terrible to the demons.

Some say that they receive Communion infrequently because they feel but little love for God within themselves. "Why, therefore, since you are cold, do you distance yourselves from this divine fire? On the contrary, since you are cold you should approach this sacrament very often, if indeed you desire to love Christ."

When one is sick, one needs doctors so much the more. So also here: for our soul's healing we must approach its doctor very often.

It is said somewhere that there are two kinds of men who should receive Communion frequently: the perfect, that they may preserve perfection; and the imperfect, that they may reach perfection.

Monk Gerasim Menagias

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