The Fear of the Lord is the Fountain of Life

The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death. (Proverbs 14:27)

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“A brother asked one of the elders: How does fear of the Lord get into a man?  And the elder said: If a man have humility and poverty, and judge not another, that is how fear of the Lord gets into him.”  (Thomas Merton, THE WISDOM OF THE DESERT, p 27)

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“A person truly fears God when his whole mind, his whole sense of self-awareness, is filled with the feeling and experience of this smallness.  If this fear is lacking, the hope of salvation is lost, since the person no longer knows who he is or what he truly wants and needs.  The fear of God is the unceasing stance of the person before God, shaped by his true knowledge and recognition of God’s greatness and holiness.  But when I do not have true fear of God, I think that God is there simply to respond to my requests, to solve my problems, and for me to simply keep carrying on in the same way.  This means I am devoid of the knowledge of God, that I have not understood that God Himself is absent from my life, and that God is transcendent, beyond all things and infinitely beyond me.”  (Archimandrite Aimilianos, THE MYSTICAL MARRIAGE, p 53)

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