Such is the teaching of Father John about the Holy Trinity. In the Triune
Unity of God is found all the fullness of life and the life of the world. The
reflection of the attributes of God is represented by the universe, the
material world and in man in particular. From here, we will make a general
deduction from the words of Father John: "In order to become pure images
of the Holy Trinity, we must try to attain holiness in our thoughts, words,
and deeds. Thought corresponds to God the Father, the word to the Son, and
deeds to the Holy Spirit, the all active Creator."
"Your Lord is Love: love Him and in Him all people, as His children in
Christ. Your Lord is Fire: do not be cold at heart, but burn with fire and
love. Your Lord is Light: do not walk in the darkness of your mind without
reason and understanding or without faith. Your Lord is a God of mercy and
kindness: you should also be a source of mercy and kindness to your neighbors.
If you will be so, you will attain salvation with eternal glory."
Such should our life be, for we carry within ourselves the image of God.
But actually most of the time we live in doubt, with lack of faith; in
unbelief, having eyes and seeing not, having ears and hearing not, having a
hardened heart. "We notice within ourselves the struggle of faith and
disbelief, of good and evil, the spirit of the Church against the spirit of the
world. Do you know where this comes from?" asks Father John, and he
answers: "From the struggle of two opposing forces: the power of God, and the
power of the devil. And I also feel within myself this struggle of two opposing
forces. When I begin to pray, at times an evil force painfully depresses me and
casts my heart down, that it may not be able to look up to God," writes
Father John, in one of his comparatively early writings. The radiation of the
evil forces of the devil is similar to poison that enters the body. The kingdom
of life and the kingdom of death go together. And involuntarily the question
arises: Why does the Lord allow the devil to exist, and even to act on good
Father John sees in this the providential plans of God. "If you do not
experience in yourself the influence of the evil spirit, you will not know and
you will not value as you should the goodness shown to you by the benevolence
of the Holy Spirit; not having known the spirit that destroys, you also will
not know the Life-Giving Spirit. Only because of the opposites of good and
evil, of life and death, can we understand the one and the other... Glory to
God, the Wise and All-Good that He permits the spirit of evil and death to
tempt us and cause us suffering. Otherwise, how could we begin to value the
consolation of grace, the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the Comforter and
For this reason we have been given the Holy Church, Her Mysteries, and all
of Her ordinances, so that we might have the opportunity to remain under the
constant influence of the all-conquering grace of God.
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