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Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives: The Life and Teachings of Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica Paperback – October 5, 2009
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2 Corinthians 12:9
Elder Thaddeus of Serbia was born two months premature, and as a child suffered many physical ailments. He describes himself as one totally different to all the other children his age. He considered himself, even from his youngest years as not belonging to this world, and this was indeed his calling - to draw people away from this world that is dying and to the world that is eternal - that is the kingdom of heaven. As one who suffered from depression, nervousness and anxiety, it was the Elder's wish to completely withdraw from the world and dedicate his life in seclusion to the Lord. However, this was not the Lord's wish, and for this reason after much labour, sacrifice and suffering on the part of the Elder thousands of the faithful began to flock to him in search of spiritual advice and healing...
As the title suggests, the book centres around Elder Thaddeus' teachings in relation to our thoughts and how whenever we think negatively, this negativity is transferred to our neighbour. He teaches that negative thoughts are not our own, but rather demonic and encourages prayer (particularly the Jesus prayer), as a means of expelling such thoughts. Elder Thaddeus cites numerous examples of how life changing and salvific this prayer is, and how people have miraculously changed for the better through the Prayer of the Heart.
The book also focuses on family life, repentance, spiritual struggle, inner peace, on the Holy Mother of God, on the Orthodox faith and other issues of importance to the Christian.
This is an excellently written book. The Elder's teachings are a great treasure for all Christians struggling and suffering in this world. Priceless pearls of wisdom indeed. Highly recommended reading.
"When the soul is mature, God will give it inner peace. The Lord watches over us, and He is pleased that you long for His peace.Until the soul is ready, He will only sometimes allow us to see that He is everywhere present and fills all things. At these moments the soul feels such joy! It feels as though it has everything! But then the Lord conceals Himself from us again, in order that we might long for Him and seek Him with our hearts."
" Repentance is the renewal of life. This means we must free ourselves of all our negative traits and turn toward absolute good. No sin is unforgivable except the sin of unrepentance... There are also tears of repentance, when a person's conscience tells him that he has committed many sins. When he realizes his sinfulness, he weeps. That is an act of God's Grace- a soul repents, and the sin is washed away by tears... When a person realizes his sinfulness, he gradually frees himself from the cares of this world and from his own egoism and when this occurs, it is in a state of Grace. "
" Remembering a sin that we have committed does not mean that the sin has not been forgiven. This remembrance of our sins is only a warning to us lest we become proud and sin again. In fact, we- not God - are the ones who cannot forgive ourselves."
wow - I am just moved by everything I read in this book. It's easy to understand and it makes sense.
Buy the book, it's worth every penny!
Here are three things that I "learned", or was reminded of. again and still need to live: 1) the title says it all, but you have to read how and what, he means by the message that "our thoughts determine our lives." (2) No matter where you are, or what you have come to, the spiritual battle is exhaustingly endless: it never ever ceases. Dont expect it to, according to Elder Thaddeus. Get used to it. (3) No matter how disgusted and frustrated one gets with one's failures and lack of progress, over and over one must pray. Elder Thaddeus' most often prayed, "Lord Jesus, have mercy upon me, a sinner!" We can all pray this simple prayerand learn from it. And pray for others---an immense necessity in our benighted age.