Orthodox holy man – Get ready, the end is near! September 15, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, Four Last Things, General Catholic, Grace, Interior Life, mortification, sanctity, The End, the enemy, Tradition, true leadership, Virtue.
I am guessing the “Elder Proclus” below is a Romanian Orthodox monk/hermit. I assume he is Romanian Orthodox as that is the language spoken. Stay away from the comments. They are full of anti-Catholic bile, and quite the opposite of what this holy man preaches, even if he belong to a schismatic Church. He would hardly be the first seemingly very holy soul I have encountered among the Orthodox Church.
There is great wisdom in these two videos. Humility is the seed bed of the interior life. Without humility we cannot progress in sanctity. It is so very easy for us to think ourselves right in everything. It is perhaps even easier to put others down, especially in subtle ways in our interior conversation. I think the “elder” is quite wise to advise that we should enter Mass or any other gathering of the faithful so cognizant of our own sins that we feel ourselves the very worst person there. Such beliefs about the self can be found in the lives of many, many Saints. This man also stresses the need for Confession and the paramount need for good and holy priests.
“Now, we are very weak Christians. We are not like Christians from the old times, we have no power…..And there is only one way for us to overcome: humility!”
This Elder Proclus speaks to me with the voice of a man who has not spoken in a long time, or only rarely. Perhaps most worthy of note of all his words are his statements that the end times are near and that all the demons have been loosed from hell to afflict souls on this Earth. That’s a most troubling statement but given what is going on in the world, I have a hard time disputing it. Pray and get ready!
Another video with more discourse on humility:
If we think we’re so holy, we’re being deceived by the devil. The Lord is all good, but He does not forgive pride.
There are more videos of this man but I did not find anymore with subtitles. Yes certainly the Orthodox have their problems (don’t we all) but I found quite a bit that was edifying in this man’s comments. I think humility is a great failing for me. I am not nearly so humble as I should be.
See, if you want to do ecumenism, this is the kind of folks ecumenism could be done with – the Orthodox. There are very significant points of difference but these guys are not protestant, they get the interior life, have the Mass, and there is a huge basis for dialogue and cooperation. Unfortunately the Orthodox are frequently very hostile towards Catholics, especially the more devout (and the reverse is also true, but usually not so fervent).
Another important note: you can obtain a plenary indulgence by devoutly kissing a Crucifix and repeating either or both of the prayers below. The indulgence can be obtained today (Feast of the Seven Sorrows of Mary) and yesterday (Exaltation of the Holy Cross), so if your time travel machine is working you can score twice! The indulgence can be gained for yourself or the souls in Purgatory.
“Our Father, Who Art in Heaven, Forgive us our Trespasses as we Forgive Those who Trespass Against Us
“I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to Pray to the Lord Our God for Me.”
Thanks to reader D for ALL of the above! Really good stuff.