Many Priests Have Abandoned Their Faithful! // Father Ghelasie - You Are Not Servants of Sickness!

Many Priests Have Abandoned Their Faithful! // Father Ghelasie - You Are Not Servants of Sickness!

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And the Son gave us, priests, the missionary work to loose people of their sins. Well, how can you loose the sins of people if you barricade yourself off? If you believe you will get sick? If you are sick both in body and in soul, how will you heal the others? Let us also address ourselves to the priests, because many have abandoned the faithful! I admit this! We must admit, from here on out, that many priests have abandoned the faithful! And I am also addressing myself to them! Do not abandon them, because you are not the servants of c0vid or of diseases! You are the servants of Christ! You have forgotten! When they ordained you, and when they blessed you, you vowed that you will go and suffer for Christ unto your death.
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Because no one has killed you yet! But the time is coming! The time is coming from here on out! Let us see who will give their lives up for their faithful and for Christ. Let us see if us priests are willing to give up our lives for our faith. The time is coming. You all, the faithful, will see which churches are functioning and which are not functioning, because there are some that do not function well. They no longer do confessions for the faithful. Listen to this! Because the priests will get sick. Well, send in your resignation! Let us say to them from now on, "Send in your resignation from the priesthood, because you are not fit for the priesthood!" Secondly, they don't do memorial services because the people will get sick. Listen to this! To not bring their koliva, because the people will get sick. They should be ashamed of themselves!
02:43
We should not even have these sorts of priests within our Church! Let them send in their resignation from the priesthood, because they have chosen the wrong career! Because, my dear, the priesthood is not a job, it is missionary work. Christ called us unto missionary work. The Father gave the Son this missionary work. "I give You the missionary work of saving the people." And the Son gave us, priests, the missionary work to loose people of their sins. Well, how can you loose the sins of people if you barricade yourself off? If you believe you will get sick? If you are sick both in body and in soul, how will you heal the others? Because there are plenty of people who are full of sicknesses and sufferings. And so I say to them, "O priest, heal yourself! Go and weep! Go inside that closet to pray and to weep! And then come out to the people, because the people are waiting for your confession!"
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"They are waiting for you to loose them of their sins! They are waiting for services; which are not you own!" "They are the Church's! They are Christ's! They are the saints'!" Look at the saints who we commemorate today. The Romanian people would not have them today, if they had not put their lives in danger! You should know that the saints put their lives in danger! Think about the time during communism; here at Aiud and other prisons! How many people suffered there! How many priests were there! How many monks! How many faithful people of our Church! My beloved, they were not afraid! They took them outside during wintertime, in the snow and in the ice, and it was there that they kept them until the ice would melt from under them...
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and until steam was coming out from them and from the ground. These are the saints! Do you see? Not the ones who barricade themselves! Not those who are afraid! They are afraid to perform Divine Liturgies! Wait, because the steam needs to come out from you! Wait, because you have to be crucified how Christ was crucified! Wait, because you have to give yourself how Christ was crucified! Not only for us to rejoice in blessings, but also in troubles! To rejoice also in burdens! Because these also belong to our people and to our faithful. And you should know that every time you come here, to the holy monastery, with illnesses, with troubles, and with burdens, I sit here and listen to you. And I almost feel like I see myself reflecting (empathizing) in your burdens. Like I have the same illness. Like I have the same burden. And I identify myself with your illnesses, your burdens, and your sufferings.
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This is the job of the priest! This is the servant of the Church! Did you hear? Servant, not for someone to come and serve us! The Son of Man says that He did not come to be served, but to serve and to lose His life for the sinners! Well, this is what us priests, spiritual fathers, and you the faithful must do for us. Because there are many among you who would give up their lives for their faith, for their priest, and for their spiritual father. Let us also see priests and spiritual fathers who will give up their lives for their faithful or for their sheep. Because he is the good shepherd! Is it not so? And the Savior says that, "The good shepherd gives His life for the sheep." (John 10:11)
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Let us see how we lay down our lives for our sheep; who Christ entrusted to us to take care of them. Yes! Let us do confessions for them! Let us commune them! Let us loose them of sins! Let us seek them out! To go to their houses! Is it not so? To see their sufferings and pains, because O Lord their are many. And whatever pain of yours, of the people, is also our pain; the priest's and the spiritual father's. And also the pain of the Church! And the pain of the Church is the pain of Christ, and of the Virgin Mary, and of the saints! You should know that the saints suffer for the sins of people, and for the burdens of this world This is the difference between a sinful person, who seeks to save their life and they lose it, and a saint who loses their life for Christ, for the Church, and for salvation, and who gains it.
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Is it not so? And therefore, why are you afraid that you will die? Well, you're going to die anyway. But it depends how you die; with Christ or without Christ. With faith or without faith. Is it not so? With the faithful next to you, or without the faithful. And so on. How beautiful it is when the shepherd has his sheep next to him. What kind of shepherd can you be if you don't have a single sheep. What kind of shepherd is that? Well, the shepherd who has more sheep is more appreciated. And the shepherd of souls, is the beautiful shepherd. Is it not so? And he is pleasing before God, before the Mother of God, before the Saints, and before you, the faithful; when he has the most faithful around him. And he is not afraid of the faithful. The faithful do not bring him sickness. They do not bring him malice.
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They come with love to Church! They come with their sins. And listen to how beautiful Father Arsenios (Boca) used to say, as did Father Casian in his sermon, "God left loosening, mercy, and forgiveness of sins." Did you hear? But for sin, guile, and wickedness, which they do not want to give up, He left punishment. Look, God also left something for those who do not wish to straighten themselves out, and for those who do not want to be saved; there is punishment. And thus, for those who are good there is Heaven, and for those who are evil there is Hell; eternal torments! And for the faithful of God, here on earth, God left the Holy Church where good people, who are full of sins, illnesses, and burdens, come with their wounds.
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And they show them to the Doctor, and the Doctor is Christ! And we priests are the ones who see your wounds and sufferings, and we also show them to Christ and we ask Him, with love, to heal them. We ask Him, with love, to forgive your sins and for you to be able to be saved. Look, beloved faithful, the land of Romania is full of evil people and good people; of faithful people and unfaithful people. Do not look... Do not think that just because they put on a monastic or priestly garment, that's it, they are saved!No! No! How many times Father Arsenios would say about spiritually carless monks that they are coat hooks. So, there are plenty of coat hooks! There are! The world is full of them!
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Yes! It is so! But we are not in need of coat hooks! We need something else. We need someone with a spiritual life. We need a true person! We need people who live a spiritual life. And where else should you go? To the River of Life! Who is it? It is Christ! And where is Christ? In Church! Where are our sins loosened? Here in Church! Who is the factory of Saints? The Church! Whoever abandons the Church, abandons sainthood, abandons Christ, and abandons all that is good and they go with the things that are evil.

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