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Mother Gavrilia - Those Pesky Priests

Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by SalemsConcordance, Mar 6, 2021.

  1. SalemsConcordance

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    I just learned today of Mother Gavrilia, then found this nice article that struck me, since I enjoy Fr Michael Gillis' podcast (~10 minute practical "in the world" homilies with a nice bite).

    Those Pesky Priests: A Lesson From The Life of Sister Gavrilia – Praying in the Rain
    This is why we have to do our best to love one another and strive not to put expectations on one another. God must be our only Saviour. God will use people, but people will disappoint. Someone recently told me that she had said to someone else who wanted to speak to her about spiritual things (based on some articles she had written), that she would only agree to speak to her if she promised to have very low expectations. And do you know what this other woman said? She said, “Only God can help me.” So my friend said, “I’d love to talk to you.”

    Wouldn’t our life together be so much easier if we all truly believed that only God could help us? Wouldn’t we experience much less disappointment if we kept our expectations low toward one another and high toward God? Mother Gavrilia provides a wonderful example of a woman who had no expectations except that God would help her. And God did help her–and this is important–through people! God speaks to us, encourages us, helps us, and cares for us most often through the people He has put in our life. When we are looking to God for help, it is easy to see God’s help in the people in our lives, rather than seeing how the people themselves do or don’t live up to our expectations.
     
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    I loved reading "Ascetic of Love". Would that I could be a tiny fraction of the example that she was in witnessing Christ to the world.
     
  3. ArmyMatt

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    great post. definitely something to chew on.
     
  4. Dorothea

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    Me too. That book and her life story changed my worldview completely after reading it. Her words and life really impacted me years ago when I read it and stick with me to this day.
     
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    Do you know where I can find that book? I’ve been looking everywhere for it.
     
  6. prodromos

    prodromos Senior Veteran Supporter

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    Try contacting the publisher directly.

    The Ascetic of Love by Nun Gavrilia (my copy is 2nd edition, ISBN 9607298-85-3)

    "To Perivoli tin Panagias" Bookstore
    9 Prassakaki St, Thessaloniki, 54622 Greece
    [email protected]

    They've got it in Greek, just over 17 euros (probably cost just as much for shipping)
    Η Ασκητική της Αγάπης - Βιβλιοπωλείο - Εκδόσεις Το Περιβόλι της Παναγίας
     
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  8. SingularityOne

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    Thanks! Yeah. Probably better to check to see if they have some English copies around before spending that much.
     
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