(…) prayer is the most powerful means of healing of all sickness, both physical and spiritual.
When you see your body wasted through sickness, do not murmur against God, but say; “The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.”
My Life in Christ
Q: “Elder, how will the Final Judgment take place?”
Elder Paisios: “On the Day of Judgment, each person’s state will be revealed in an instant and each one will move on to where he deserves to be. Each person will observe his own wretched state like on a TV screen, as well as the other’s state. He will see himself reflected against the other and will bow his head in shame and thus move on to the place that he deserves.
For example, a daughter-in-law who used to sit indifferently cross-legged in the presence of her mother-in-law, who although suffering a broken leg, was nevertheless taking care of her little grandchild, will not be able to say “Why, o my Christ, are you putting my mother-in-law in Paradise but not me?” because that precise scene will appear before her eyes (during Judgment). She will be recalling the scene of her mother-in-law standing on her broken leg to attend to her little grandchild, and she will know she doesn’t deserve to go to Paradise – and neither will there be any space for her there.
Or, when monks who have seen the difficulties and the trials that secular people have been undergoing and how they were confronted - but they themselves (as monks) had not lived accordingly - they will hang their heads in shame, and head for where they deserve.
Nuns who had not pleased God will see there all the hero-mothers - who had taken no vows nor had the blessings and opportunities that the nuns had - and how those mothers struggled and to what spiritual state they had reached - when they as nuns had preoccupied and tormented themselves with all those petty matters - will be ashamed of themselves!
That is how my thoughts perceive Judgment will take place. Christ is not going to say: “Hey you - come here! What have you done?” or “you: you are going to Hell!” and “you: you are going to Heaven”; but rather, each one of us will compare himself to the others and will proceed to where he knows his place is.
He is not a God of torments and punishments. Our torments are the fruit of our sins and the work of the incorporeal fallen spirits. Therefore if you suffer grievously, only blame your sins and the Devil, but chiefly yourself, because the Devil would not do you any harm if he did not find anything in you that he could fasten on to.
Saint John of Kronstadt
This is my opinion of how Judgment will take place; that is, Christ is not going to say: “Hey you - come here! What have you done?” or “You: you are going to Hell” or, “You: you are going to Heaven”; but rather, each one of us will compare himself to the others and will proceed to where he knows is his place.
Hail, O thou hallowed
Let no-one believe that there will be no recognition of one another on that terrible gathering. Yes, indeed, each one will recognize the one near him - not by the form of his body, but by the discerning eye of the soul.
On the Last Judgement
And quite simply, every sinful person will see opposite him on that terrible day of Judgment in the eternal life and in that ineffable light the one who is like him, and he will be judged by him.
On the Last Judgement
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No one should lose heart under the pretext that the precepts of the Gospel are too difficult or impossible of fulfillment. God wishes man to be saved, and the purpose of His commandments is not to make him an offender by reason of their difficulty. No! God’s purpose is to reward us both here and hereafter for the keeping of His holy laws.