We Have A Choice.

Updated: Apr 11


Everything in this life passes away – only God remains. Only He is worth struggling towards.


Father Seraphim (Rose) of Platina

We have a choice: to follow the way of this world, of the society that surrounds us and thereby find ourselves outside of God; or to choose the way of life, to choose God Who calls us and for Whom our heart is searching. Why do men learn through pain and suffering, and not through pleasure and happiness? Very simply, because pleasure and happiness accustom one to satisfaction with the things given in this world, whereas pain and suffering drive one to seek a more profound happiness beyond the limitations of this world. I am at this moment in some pain, and I call on the Name of Jesus—not necessarily to relieve the pain, but that Jesus, in Whom alone we may transcend this world, may be with me during it, and His will be done in me."


"But in pleasure I do not call on Him; I am content then with what I have, and I think I need no more. And why is a philosophy of pleasure untenable?—because pleasure is impermanent and unreliable, and pain is inevitable. In pain and suffering Christ speaks to us, and thus God is kind to give them to us, yes, and evil too—for in all of these we glimpse something of what must lie beyond, if there really exists what our hearts most deeply desire.”


Why do men learn through pain and suffering, and not through pleasure and happiness? Very simply, because pleasure and happiness accustom one to satisfaction with the things given in this world...
...whereas pain and suffering drive one to seek a more profound happiness beyond the limitations of this world.

+ Glory to God for All Things +


Blessed Hieromonk Seraphim (Rose) of Platina: Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia Born: 13 August 1934 - San Diego California Reposed: 2 September 1982 - Platina, California
Father Seraphim Rose - His Life and His Works (Biography)
Father Seraphim Books at St. Herman Press
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