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Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the Questions of Their Disciples.

 

Disciple: How would you know that a person is righteous?

Master: He does not fear death.  

Disciple: How else does he show this since seldom is one faced with death?

Master: He welcomes sufferings. Those things which are harmful for the body and which are reluctantly sustained by nature and consequently cause pain are considered as nothing when compared with what is awaited in  heaven.  

Disciple: Does this mean that to discover truth you must suffer?

Master: When one discovers truth he also gains the experience of suffering. One cannot exist without the other.

Disciple: Would you say, therefore, that every suffering man's experience is planned by God?

Master: God, very carefully, provides for man; he is not abandoned to chance. This is particularly true for those who seek Him and they see it clearly that suffering is part of His plan.

 

Disciple: That needs great faith! What  of those without faith?

 

Master: Those without faith experience sufferings as misfortunes. These cause them to distrust God and think that God does not govern the world.

 

St. Isaac of Nineveh, 660 A.D.

 

 

 

 

(09-28-02)

 

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