Make a Vow
As quickly as they are consecrated, new priests obtain a new life. Equivalent to the Sacrament of Baptism, which restores the purity of God’s image in a human getting, the Sacrament of Priesthood also revives the image of God.
When a particular person becomes a priest or a monk, he crosses the threshold of a new reality and declares that it is God who is the goal of his life.
The vows that the particular person requires demonstrate that the Lord becomes the reference point of his complete life, and that there are not any values of this globe that could undermine his wish to come closer to God and to serve Him.
The Spiritual Code
If we appear into it meticulously, we’ll see that the vows taken by a priest or a monk in front of God and individuals imply his acceptance of a particular spiritual code of conduct. It is an oath that he has to abide by till the finish of his days. Lastly, it is an examination of his decency and courage, accountability and honesty, and his allegiance to his result in.
It brings to memory Moonzund, a novel by Valentin Pikul, which describes the final months of the Initial Planet War and underlines how essential it was to preserve one’s honor, courage, and allegiance to one’s result in in the wake of many complicated and contradictory situations.
Initial Lieutenant Artenyev who serves on a destroyer, maintains the qualities of a accurate naval officer in spite of the complicated circumstance. He is a brave and resolute man, who is also capable of compassion and who becomes sad when his crew faces a difficult luck.
As an officer, he can’t yield to the destructive tendencies on the warship, and does not want to placate rudeness, knavery, and cowardice.
He does almost everything he can to stop anarchy and lawlessness.
Letting go of the reins and backing down is fraught with peril, judging by the instance of an additional officer who was in charge of the engine area.
Afraid for his life, he began appeasing the sailors as quickly as the riot broke out on the ship. He tolerated humiliation and mockery. He broke the code of honor and smeared his dignity, at which point he lost the other officers’ respect even though not becoming a comrade for the rank-and-file sailors. He was openly despised and later blamed for disorder and collapse of the engine area.
When a Priest, Constantly a Priest
Today, there are priests who can’t withstand external stress of the hateful society, agitated by the slanderous and misleading mass media accounts, which enjoy to spit out libel about the Church, as effectively as internal provocations of other clergymen, who are unqualified for this sacred calling due to a quantity of things, such as their individual qualities. These priests fail the test, betray the Church and the vows that they promised to God, and infect other priests with their rebellious “revolutionary” speak.
They obtain it tough not to kowtow to these who, in their opinion, possess energy and wealth. They do their very best to demonstrate to the outsiders that they are “good fellas”, accommodating and harmless.
It is a excellent individual tragedy for these priests. Trials have to make us stronger, unite us, and enable us to obtain out what is the most essential for us. They have to make our souls no cost from debris. That is a thing just about every Christian, specially a priest, have to try to remember.
A priest’s heart demands continuous purification to be a worthy container for God. Self-improvement is important for a profitable priest. Abba Isaiah instructs, “If you want God to dwell in your heart, retain it spotless.” You have to usually stay sincere and sincere with oneself, the Lord, and other individuals.
If there is just a bit of an unrepented and hidden sin in your heart, all your efforts, your ministry, and your achievements will be null and void. You will not be capable to resist temptations. You will not be capable to stroll down your path till the finish. You will not be capable to respect oneself.
One particular has to be accurate to his calling in just about every aspect. Spiritual life in common has no trivial or much less essential specifics.
It is not accidental at all that the Church puts particular garments on her priests. These garments have to make certain their correct functioning. One particular have to under no circumstances be shy of wearing the priestly garments below any situations!
Clearly, garments do not make us any superior ipso facto. At the similar time, they have been recognized to shield priests from several temptations.
Aside from that, the look and prudent behavior of a priest or a monk serve as a guidance for our contemporaries.
It is not straightforward to defy the stress of the ever-altering globe and not to get caught below the millstones of well-known trends and tendencies. Christianity is for the powerful in spirit.
Each particular person who chooses this path have to be conscious of the higher dignity of a Christian, and specially of a priest or a monk. When you break these vows, you betray yourselves 1st of all. The Church was, is, and will stay forever. She is like a ship in a turbulent sea. She resists all storms and torrents. She saves and protects everybody who is inside.
Only these who do not overlook the vows that they’ve produced prior to God and stick to these vows, will be saved.
By Metropolitan Anthony (Pakanic)
Recorded by Natallia Goroshkova
Translated by The Catalog of Fantastic Deeds
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