by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
Introduction to the 13th octave:
Mem = stain. Defect, flaw, sin
What are the vices that stain a person?
Where do they come from?
How can they be mended?
The principal defects of the soul (blindness of mind, wrongness of will, coarsening of heart, insensitivity) can all be rectified by studying the Law of God and following it faithfully.
Then the mind sees everything clearly (vv.97-100)
The will recovers uprightness, and order in its undertakings (vv.101-102),
The heart has again a warm feeling towards everything holy and divine (vv.103-104).
O how I have loved Thy law, O Lord,
the whole day long it is my meditation.
O how I have loved Thy law, O Lord:
“Thus cries the soul that has experienced the beneficial actions of a life in accordance with God’s commandments” (p.228).
At first, you may follow the commandments out of fear, shame, conviction it’s right to do.
But little by little, you feel the goodness of such a way of life, and acquire a taste for it, a heartfelt love for it, joy and pleasure in it.
And the more you love something, the more you think about it – study it: “the whole day long it is my meditation”.
“Such study feeds the soul with the heavenly and divine elements of godly thoughts and feelings”. (p.229)
The Prophet doesn’t mention night here. Because when you do this, night is like day, or rather there’s no night, only day. As day is when you live in accordance with the law (St. Athanasios).
“All of him is in the study of the law he loves, and this is what makes out of his whole life one uninterrupted day” (p.230 – according to St Hilary).
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