In this season of repentance, let us stretch out our hands in works of mercy; and then the ascetic struggles of the fast will bring us to eternal life. For nothing saves the soul so much as generosity to those in need, and alms giving combined with fasting will deliver a man from death. Let us do all of this with gladness, for there is no better way, and it will bring salvation to our souls.
Thursday Apostica of the second week of the Great Fast.
In a dark night, a very small light shines brightly. Those of us in the dark night of the world should not despair that our Light seems so small. We are in a dark world: even a little light shines brightly. Do not despair, but hope in God. The Day is coming when all the sins we fast to deny will be taken from us. The Day is coming when our little bitty Light will be joined to the Search Light of God's Love and Mercy and Grace. The Day is coming when all that is hidden will come into the Light.
In the mean time, we fast. We pray. We show mercy and have compassion. In the darkness we yearn toward Light and toward Love; and so we are transformed, bit by bit, into that very Light and Love we long for.