May he open the eyes of my soul

WHEN Jesus departed thence, two blind men followed him, crying, and saying, Thou son of David, have mercy on us.

And when he was come into the house, the blind men came to him: and Jesus saith unto them, Believe ye that I am able to do this? They said unto him, Yea, Lord.

Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you.

And their eyes were opened; and Jesus straitly charged them, saying, See that no man know it.

Mt 9:27-30 (today’s Gospel reading at the Liturgy)

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The "Vladimir" icon of the Birth-giver of God

The "Vladimir" icon of the Birth-giver of God

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MY dear, sweet Mother, help me, show me how I may be saved!

Intercede, my dear Mother, with your Son that He may show me what he wants me to do and what I should seek from Him.

May he open the eyes of my soul, which are closed, and thus I do not see Him – while He sees me at every moment – and I constantly grieve Him.

Elder Joseph the Hesychast (+1959), “Monastic Wisdom” Letter Seventy, p. 306.

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