by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
Introduction to the 9th octave:
Teth= mud, dirt => humiliating or healing, or creating (potter)
= the Lord fashions our souls.
- v.65-66: spiritually, through grace and His Word
- v.67-68: exteriorly, through sorrowful or happy life
- v.69-70: through attacks from people
- v.71-72: shows how successful was God’s action
= shows the Lord’s response to a sinner breaking loose from the bonds of sin (see previous octave).
Thou Hast dealt graciously with Thy servant,
O Lord, according to Thy Word.
Remembering God’s grace, praising Him for it (cf promise in Ez 33:11).
Sometimes the Lord enters the soul through conscience or His word, or Providence, or examples of God-fearing people, or life events.
Goodness and discipline and knowledge teach Thou me,
for in Thy commandments have I believed.
Goodness = love of my brothers
Discipline = art of active virtue
Knowledge = understanding of things divine
Teach me how to walk that way.
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Any reflection on these quotes?