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The Spiritual Means, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

15- Contemplating on Events

  

By this, I mean the events that we experience daily which prove Gods wisdom and planning, His intervention and care.. whether in our present time or Gods hand in history... It is a matter that calls for deep contemplation. It is not spiritually good for us to casually pass by historical events without stopping for contemplation.

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صورة في موقع الأنبا تكلا: آريوس المهرطق أو الهرطوقي

Gods hand was involved in what happened to Arius, Diocletian and Nero. Gods hand was with St Athanasius when the whole world stood against him. Gods hand was with Yostina and Kebrianos the magician... Gods hand was with the anchorite fathers in their solitude, guiding some of the saints to where they lived so that they can record for us their life story before their departure.

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Gods hand was in the church history and in the secular history and how they met and in the way everything was planned for good... Is history just a record of knowledge and events? Or does it contain lessons and divinity? I mean Gods Divine work in it. This also needs contemplation.

Does not Gods involvement with King Constantine call for contemplation and how it led him to issue the Milan Decree in 313 AD which granted freedom of religion? This event became a serious turning point in the history of Christianity and the history of religious persecutions.

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Can we deny that Gods hand was in the events that led to the change in the destiny of Russia and the Soviet Union? It influenced the wiping out of atheism that continued for seventy years. It concluded in an amazing speed that was unexpected, which proves that Gods hand was involved...! Would such an event pass us by without a stop for contemplation that would result in the strengthening of our faith in God and His Divine intervention...? Only He is the maker of wonders..

Separating history from God is not a spiritual act. As for those who are spiritual, they contemplate on the hand of God in history.

We move to another subject in contemplation which is:


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