Let us accept the joys and the hardships of life given by God

If somebody wants to learn, they learn in life from every single thing and every single happening. But if they don’t want to learn, they won’t do it not even with the wisest men around.

If somebody wants to learn, they learn in life from every single thing and every single happening. But if they don’t want to learn, they won’t do it not even with the wisest men around.

Every day we see life situations. People who, when in illness, in poverty or exclusion, remained with God, but also we see cases when they turned against Him. We see people who had patience and hoped and became wiser and also people who despaired or committed suicide or made a pact with the devil for gaining power, money, health or getting married. We know the example of Faust who wished very much to gain the knowledge or the example of Simon Magus who wanted to buy the gift of God with money and who hears from Saint Peter: Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. We remain with God, the only one who can offer us everything for our benefit. When you are tempted, God will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (I Cor. 10,13). It is not worth it to suceed in life with the price of compromise and injustice. We would live in fear and without joy. A clean conscience and the hope of eternal life is the greatest wealth.

The saints and the heroes were all people who had the experience of suffering.We like to read their lives. They remained in history as models of tenacity, wisdom and faith. We rejoice and we are fascinated when we talk with the old men who have been through war or have suffered injustly in communist prisons or have suffered The Famine in ’46-47. Their word has power, their example makes us stronger, encourages us. We would like to do something extraordinary, something different. To try our forces. But what do we do when tiredness occurs? What do we do when we are hindered or mocked by the very ones that seem to be our friends? When do the first failures strike? Without effort and without trials we have neither success nor real happiness.

There is a moment, an age when every one of us wonders: what is the meaning of this life, what is the meaning of my life?  What aim, what direction do I want to give it? This moment is the youth! A privileged time that God gives to every one of us in order to discover our way, our calling; a time when everybody searches...like the young man from the Scripture. They search the answer to the essential questions concerning their lives. Young people search for their place in this existence and at the same time they search for God. Even though they often have no idea that they are looking for Him. This quest is engraved upon our own being. There are young people who fly very high, others fly less high or even just trail on the ground their broken and useless wings.

The discouragement of learning when seemingly there are not enough jobs is a distrust in God. It is believed that Queen Elisabeth of Spain, seeing the wish and the faith of Christopher Columbus to discover new territories, said to him: If the territory that you are looking for does not exist, God will create it for your faith.

Young people must be taught and helped to fly as high as possible, as close to God as possible. There they can breathe another air and they are offered another perspective of things, another view. This thing cannot be accomplished without manhood. Then, this rise cannot be made as we are tempted to believe, by self-affirmation, but by self-abandonment, by affirming the others. It is as we learn from the troparion of Saint Nicholas: thou who have achieved the heights by humility, the riches by poverty. Young people develop their talents not only to obtain a social position, but also to help others more proficiently. We wish to develop all our abilities in order to become more merciful with those in need. We build ourselves in order for our life to be a gift for the people around us. We prepare ourselves to offer. Let us allow the will of God to be accomplished in us. Let us accept the joys and the hardships of life given by God. We will not be mistaken. He desires to prepare us for what is best for each and every one of us.

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„A pure heart and a watchful mind are the most beautiful adornment of youth.”
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