Σάββατο, 4 Ιουλίου 2015
On the Fair Verdict of the Righteous Judge From, the Gerontikon.
Τhe Blessed Archbishop Theophilos said:
Indeed what fear and terror and what need the soul experiences when it departs from the body or, afterwards, when it has been completely separated from it. For then all of the principalities and powers of darkness come upon it and make manifest all of the sins which it has committed, whether in knowledge or ignorance, from the time of a man’s birth until his last hours, when the soul is separated from the body. These powers brazenly draw near it and furiously accuse it.
Confronting these hostile powers of darkness are the holy powers, Angels, putting forth and calling attention to the good deeds that the departed soul occasioned to perform.
Think what agony and terror the soul will experience when it stands before such a tribunal and faces such a fearful and impartial judgment.
It is impossible for anyone to express in words or to conceive in his mind the fear that overtakes the soul up to the moment that the decision of the Judge is given and it is released from those who hold it. That moment precisely is the moment of the soul’s greatest torment, until it hears the verdict of the Righteous Judge.
If, then, by the verdict of the Righteous Judge, the soul is given its freedom, immediately the enemies scatter and the bright Angels seize the soul from them and, with no more obstructions, it is led by the Angels to that inexpressible joy and glory in which it will finally be restored.
If, however, the soul lived in carelessness, and is thus found unworthy of being freed, then it shall hear that most dreadful voice: Let the ungodly be taken away, that he see not the glory of the Lord. (Isa 26:10).
Henceforth begins for that soul the day of wrath, sorrow, and unceasing grief; it is given over to the outer darkness, hurled into Hell, and condemned to the eternal fire, in which it will remain damned unto the unfading ages.
What then do the luxuries and fanfare of this world benefit the soul? Where are the vainglory and the delights and the enjoyments of this vain and fleeting world? Where is the money? Of what benefit a high birth? Where are your father, mother, brothers and sisters, and friends?
What from all of this can free your wretched soul, as it is burned by the fire of Hell and tormented by indescribable punishment?