|SV-8 - Pre-Christmas House-Cleaning 0 Languages Russian|
Hello, I‘m Sr. Vassa, and this is just a brief Coffee Break. We are nearing the feast
of the Nativity or Christmas, zillions, so one of the things we might be doing already
in preparation for the feast is cleaning the house or the apartment before having guests over. But let‘s talk
today about a different kind of “cleaning house,“ of getting ourselves in spiritual
order to greet the main Guest, Who is soon to be born into our world in Bethlehem. Ideally,
we should constantly be preoccupied with this activity, with what I‘ll call “Keeping
our House in Order,“ but if you‘re a messy person like me, it takes more work at special
moments like a great feast. So, let‘s remind ourselves of the 3 main activities involved
in Keeping our House in Order: 1. Self-Examination; 2. Prayer, and 3. Contemplation. All three
of these, practiced not necessarily in that order, but on a daily basis, keep us in what
I like to call the God Zone, letting God‘s grace into our lives, and carrying the vision
of God‘s will into all our activities. If we are church-going people, we are greatly
helped in all three of these: with the first one, self-examination, we are aided and guided
in the sacrament of repentance, which includes confession. So, besides our daily self-examination,
where we assess the work that needs to be done in our house-cleaning, we also receive
the grace of unburdening our workload, so to say, by sharing it before God and another
human being, a priest. Our prayer and contemplation is aided by the services of the feast
in church, and its texts, which we might take some quiet time to reflect on, also at home.
But that‘s enough for today, zillions.
Stay focused, and I hope to see you next time.