Why did the elder profess the garden
- Heronda, can a person who does not confess have inner peace?
- How will he have inner peace? To feel the inner peace, you need to clean yourself from debris. This must be done through confession. Opening his heart to a confessor and confessing sins to him, a person humbles himself. Thus, the heavenly door opens to him, the grace of God generously overshadows him, and he becomes free.
Before the confession [the spiritual] top of a person is covered with fog. A person sees through this fog very vaguely, vaguely - and justifies his sins. After all, if the mind is darkened by sins, then the person sees as if through a fog. And the confession is like a strong wind, from which the fog dissipates and the horizon is cleared. Therefore, if the people who came to me to ask for advice did not confess, then first of all I send them to confession and say that they should come to me for conversation after it.
Some are beginning to dissuade: "Geronda, if you are able to understand what I need to do to solve my problem, then just tell me about it."“Even if I am really able to understand what you need to do,” I answer them, “then you will not be able to understand this. Therefore, first go and see, and then come and we'll talk. ” And the truth is, how can you establish a connection with a person and come to an understanding if he “works” on another [spiritual] frequency?
Through confession, a person cleans himself from the inside of everything unnecessary - and bears fruit spiritually. One day, when I was digging my garden to plant several bushes of tomatoes, one visitor came to me and asked: “What are you doing, Geronda?” - “What am I doing? - I said. “Why, here I confess my garden.” “Why, Geronda,” he was taken aback. “Does the garden need confession too?” - “Of course, he does. I was convinced that when I looked at the garden, that is, I cleaned the earth from stones, weeds, thorns, and the like, then the vegetables that he gives birth to are strong, healthy as for selection! And if you leave the garden without confession, then some underdeveloped yellowish and shriveled tomatoes will grow on its beds! .. "
Rev. Paisiy Svyatrets