by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
Would that my ways were directed
to keep Thy statutes.
Would that = Help, O God! to receive the strength to do it.
My ways = all I do or intend to do
Directed = become straight, take the right direction
To keep Thy statutes = to absorb in my conscience and then implement
God’s grace + our efforts are inseparable; freedom and grace
Then shall I not be ashamed,
when I look on all Thy Commandments.
Ashamed of having stopped, with concessions to passionate suggestions and deeds. Ashamed before our conscience, before God, the angels, the saints, and the faithful.
Breaking the Law leads to shame. Fulfilling the commandments leads to boldness.
Look on = strict attentiveness, concentrated attention. The opposite is forgetfulness, which leads to self-contentment and condemnation of others.
Looking into them as into a mirror, to see what we should be, as an ideal to follow.
PLEASE SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT THESE NOTES
Any reflection on these quotes?
I like the image of looking at the commandments as into a mirror, for proper self-examination, promoting humility and repentance. Thanks.
Yes, very powerful and useful