Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes - Spiritual Nourishment for the Soul - July 1999   Last Modified July 1, 1999

St. Ephraim The Syrian (Holy Transfiguration Monastery)
St. Ephraim The Syrian
(Holy Transfiguration Monastery)

Life's Lessons: Beatitudes
by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Boise, Idaho, USA
July 1999

"BLESSED is the man who has the fear of God in him, for the Holy Spirit calls him blessed, saying: blessed is the man who fears the Lord.

BLESSED is the man who has the love of God in him, for he bears God in himself. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God.

Blessed is he who has attained endurance, for a long-suffering man is a stranger to anger and irritability, for anger does not beget a man of God's truth.

BLESSED is he who has loved meekness, according to the Lord's word: blessed are the meek.

BLESSED is he who has attained true obedience, imitates the Lord our Savior, Who was obedient even unto death.

BLESSED is he who is a stranger to envy and rivalry, for it was by envy that death came into the world.

BLESSED is he who does not defile his tongue with slander, for the heart of a slanderer is full of all manner of defilement.

BLESSED is he who has attained abstinence, for this one virtue is buttress for all the rest.

BLESSED is he who is charitable to the poor, for he will find many to defend him at the judgement.

BLESSED is he who leads an exalted life yet maintains an humble persuasion: he imitates Christ and with Him he shall sit in glory.

BLESSED is he who forces himself to perform all manner of good deeds, for the forceful shall capture the kingdom of heaven.

BLESSED is he who walks the straight path, for he will enter heaven bearing a crown.

BLESSED are all these, for they shall stand bodily before the Judge and receive a holy reward from His hands."

(Source: "A Spiritual Psalter Or Relections On God", excerpted by Bishop Theophan the Recluse from the works of our Holy Father Ephraim the Syrian., St. John of Kronstadt Press., Liberty, TN. 1997., pp.44-45)

May God Love And Bless You Always!

Humbly In The Love Of Christ Our Lord,

+Very Rev. Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes
Who prays for you!
July 1999

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