Tuesday, February 23, 2010

God Is Love

I've been reading The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dosteovsky for the last week. It is a beautiful book that is making me think deeply on many subject matters. I wanted to share an excerpt with all of you that I found very moving.

The setting is a monastery where the hero Alyosha is meeting with his family to discuss things with the elder Zossima. Father Zossima is excused from the family to attend to some guests that are waiting for him. The visitors are peasant women from various places. He meets a few and they tell him their stories and sins. The excerpt is from their meeting:



But the elder had already noticed in the crowd two glowing eyes fixed upon him. An exhausted, consumptive- looking, though young peasant woman was gazing at him in silence. Her eyes besought him, but she seemed afraid to approach.
“What is it, my child?”

“Absolve my soul, Father,” she articulated softly and slowly, sank on her knees and bowed down at his feet. “I have sinned, Father. I am afraid of my sin.”
The elder sat down on the lower step. The woman crept closer to him, still on her knees.
“I am a widow these three years,” she began in a half-whisper, with a sort of shudder. “I had a hard life with my husband. He was an old man. He used to beat me cruelly. He lay ill; I thought looking at him, if he were to get well, if he were to get up again, what then? And then the thought came to me—”

“Stay!” said the elder, and he put his ear close to her lips.
The woman went on in a low whisper, so that it was almost impossible to catch anything. She had soon done.

“Three years ago?” asked the elder.

“Three years. At first I didn’t think about it, but now I’ve begun to be ill, and the thought never leaves me.”

“Have you come from far?”

“Over three hundred miles away.”

“Have you told it in confession?”

“I have confessed it. Twice I have confessed it.”

“Have you been admitted to Communion?”

“Yes. I am afraid. I am afraid to die.”

“Fear nothing and never be afraid; and don’t fret. If only your penitence fail not, God will forgive all. There is no sin, and there can be no sin on all the earth, which the Lord will not forgive to the truly repentant! Man cannot commit a sin so great as to exhaust the infinite love of God. Can there be a sin which could exceed the love of God? Think only of repentance, continual repentance, but dismiss fear altogether. Believe that God loves you as you cannot conceive; that He loves you with your sin, in your sin. It has been said of old that over one repentant sinner there is more joy in heaven than over ten righteous men. Go, and fear not. Be not bitter against men. Be not angry if you are wronged. Forgive the dead man in your heart what wrong he did you. Be reconciled with him in truth. If you are penitent, you love. And if you love you are of God. All things are atoned for, all things are saved by love. If I, a sinner, even as you are, am tender with you and have pity on you, how much more will God. Love is such a priceless treasure that you can redeem the whole world by it, and expiate not only your own sins but the sins of others.”

He signed her three times with the cross, took from his own neck a little ikon and put it upon her. She bowed down to the earth without speaking.

22 comments:

芥末 said...

Lets cross the bridge when we come to it..................................................

陽明山花季 said...

thanks................................................

佩怡 said...

你的部落格很棒,我期待更新喔........................................

羅昆珍 said...

I do like ur article~!!!..................................................

少菁 said...

how do u do?xvideo打飛機專用網洪爺免費洪爺色情片洪爺貼圖區洪爺成人線上洪爺影城洪爺色論壇洪爺貼圖洪爺成年人網洪爺免費色情洪爺色情貼援交妹辣妹野球拳情色文學情趣聊天室性感辣妹裸體遊戲做愛偷拍一夜情視訊洪爺色情貼洪爺免費色情洪爺成年人網洪爺貼圖洪爺色論壇洪爺影城洪爺成人線上洪爺貼圖區洪爺色情片洪爺免費洪爺色情貼洪爺免費色情洪爺成年人網洪爺貼圖洪爺色論壇洪爺影城洪爺成人線上洪爺貼圖區洪爺色情片洪爺免費洪爺免費洪爺色情片洪爺貼圖區洪爺影城洪爺色論壇洪爺貼圖洪爺成年人網洪爺免費色情洪爺色情貼洪爺成人線上

思穎思穎 said...

我們能互相給予的最佳禮物是「真心的關懷」。 ..................................................

Ko212ryS_Dahle0 said...

very popular to u! ........................................

士弘YajairaC_Tai0731 said...

sex女,ut,貼影,av,高潮,女優,做愛,手機成人影片,色遊戲,成人動漫,百分百貼圖區,85cc影片,成人影音,av色情影片,A片線上,a片,sex,777,三級線上看,美女的照片,視訊做愛,78論壇,打飛機,免費視訊,成人影院,辣妹視訊,視訊聊天,影片網,kiss911,a片,交友,聊天,做愛,免費影片,性交,線上成人,網路色情,聊天,美女自慰,免費a分享,免費短片,裸照,一夜情,女優,85cc成人片,美女寫真,偷拍a,情人視訊聊天室

嘉雯 said...

時時關心,時時感動。 ..................................................

LoydD_Motter11嬌潔 said...

All good things come to an end..............................................

韋于倫成 said...

Make yourself necessary to someone..........................

韋于倫成 said...

性愛淫蕩淫慾淫亂淫婦淫妹淫叫淫水淫女情慾情色做愛限制級波霸口交18禁貼圖寫真視訊援交露點爆乳潮吹裸體裸照裸女愛愛無碼尋夢視訊聊天a漫a片a圖一夜情

TamMcfee0鄭 said...

錢,給你帶來歡愉的日子,但不給你帶來和平與幸福..................................................

紋謙PhilCrispin0 said...

you have a good taste!............................................................

sdas said...

85成人片免費看 視訊交友vino 一夜情情色聊天 免費觀看影片 視訊交友中心 免費最新女優影片 性感走光照片 免費線上看成人影片 辣妹偷拍貼圖 男女聊天室 愛愛天堂 情趣內衣寫真 18禁成人影城 少女辣妹遊戲18 洪爺影城av 成人卡通a片 情色+貼圖 色情貼圖區 一夜情網站, 383成人 完美女人影音視訊 live 秀 玩美女人國 性感絲襪美女 辣妹交友 人妻自拍裸體 熟南熟女聊天室 a片下載 免費視訊聊天室 a圖裸體女生 天天看正妹美女寫真館 85cc成人長片 免費a片 嘟嘟 997770 台灣情色貼圖 一夜情買援交妹 情人視訊網 鋼管秀視訊 av網站 辣妹自拍 大奶辣妹照片 sex 85cc影片 日本巨乳寫真下載 情色性愛圖貼 後宮電影院 限制級 0204交友 日本性愛影片 洪爺走光自拍照片圖片

志城志城 said...

No pains, no gains...................................................................

江婷 said...

生存乃是不斷地在內心與靈魂交戰;寫作是坐著審判自己。.................................................................

貞合 said...

成功多屬於那些很快做出決定,卻又不輕易變更的人。而失敗也經常屬於那些很難做出決定,卻又經常變更的人.................................................................                           

明霖明霖 said...

人不能像動物一樣活著,而應該追求知識和美德............................................................

王名仁 said...

向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

宥妃宥妃 said...

Of two evils choose the least.............................................................

LupeConstan治士 said...

一棵樹除非在春天開了花,否則難望在秋天結果。