“Let us humbly accept all trials and follow the example of the hesychast saints, making God’s will our will, and this is only possible through prayer,” said on Monday His Grace Bishop Sophronie of Oradea.
The meeting was part of the diocesan events dedicated to the “Commemorate Year of the Hesychast Saints Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas, and Paisius of Neamț,” which was declared by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Church.
During the conference, the hierarch emphasized that “through prayer we have the comfort and certainty that God helps us and inspires us.” In order for prayer to reach the heart, to warm it, and to pour God’s grace into our lives, “we need teachers in prayer, spiritual fathers to teach us how to pray,” he added.
And to learn prayer, our “models par excellence are the great hesychast saints whom we commemorate this year in a special way, who clothed themselves with the grace of the Holy Spirit by persistently calling for God’s help in their lives and for the whole world. They are real milestones in our own spiritual ascent,” the Romanian hierarch preached.
“Thus, recognizing them as teachers of prayer for the whole world, we actually call upon them to help us, to strengthen us in our weak prayers, and to fortify our us so that we can persistently call on God,” His Grace reflected.
Translated by Orthochristian.com
Photo credit: Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Oradea