God is always with you . . .

This is the last question from a 2012 interview republished a few days ago in the wake of Archimandrite Roman’s passing:

What are some ways we can find Christ today, in American society?

2015-0428-archimandrite-roman-braga“Well, first of all, Christ is in you. Christ is not just some nice guy.  He is God, and God is within you. God is in our consciences, in our hearts, in our minds.  He is not something material you see outside of yourself. You find God in yourself.  You descend in your personality.  We are eternal, we never die, the body goes to the cemetery but the conscience, the person, is continually alive.  So when you descend into yourself, your conscious is infinite.  And this infinity is the temple of the Living God. Saint Paul says many times that you are the temple of the Living God because God lives within you.  You find God when you know yourself, when you know who you are. If you neglect that, when you say, ‘I don’t have time to think about myself,’ you will never find God, because God is not something material.  You do not find him in a specific place. God is always with you if you want Him to be with you.  You find God when you find yourself. ‘Who am I?’  Pay attention to these verses of the Scriptures—’you are the temple of the Living God because God lives within you,’ and as Jesus said, ‘remain in Me and I in you. I am the vine and you are the branches,’ and if you do not remain in me you do not have the sap to feed yourself, and you will dry up.  People who complain that they do not feel God are dry branches.  They have to remain in Christ and to accept Christ by saying, ‘Lord, come, I am here.  You created me. Open my heart because You created this heart. You created the door, enter please.’

“You have to talk with God wherever you are—even while walking along the street or driving your car you can say, ‘Lord, You are in the front seat, and I know that You are here.  Tell me, why did You create me?’  You have a lot of things, an infinite number of things, about which to converse with God, and God wants you to talk with Him.  Prayer is not about how much you read from the prayer book, or how long you kneel; prayer is your whole life.  When you eat, when you drink, when you drive a car, when you discipline your children, you are in a state of prayer.  Life is a Liturgy.  It is not only in the church that the Liturgy takes place; the Liturgy is outside the church building too.  The entirety of life should be a Liturgy—if you feel the existence of God. But you have to get that feeling of the existence of God.  How?  I always say, especially to young people, ‘have a dialogue, a permanent dialogue, with God.  Sure you are busy—you eat, you prepare your exam if you are a student, you work and you are very busy, but always say, ‘Lord I know You are here; I didn’t forget You.  Look at me and do not abandon me.’  Many times, this permanent dialogue with God becomes a prayer, because prayer is communication between man and God.

“Prayer is not something you do for a short time, after which you say, ‘I finished my prayer.’  You never finish your prayer.  The definition of prayer is this: the feeling of the presence of God in you.  And if you have this feeling of the presence of God, you engage in a continual prayer.  If you pray only at appointed times, you don’t pray at all, said one of the monks.  So pray all the time, because prayer is not ‘give me, give me.’  Prayer is saying ‘I love You and I want to spend time with You.’  Ask something of God, and don’t worry whether God is answering you, even if you don’t think He is.  He’s giving you good hints and good suggestions on how to resolve your problems.  So to find God in our culture here is to be conscious that God exists, that He exists not outside of yourself, but inside.  God is always with you.”

–>  Read the entire interview…

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3 Responses to God is always with you . . .

  1. I do not disagree with what is said here, I do recognize those words as truth, however, the main ingredient is missing, “how do I [one] find out who I am.” That answer was given to us in the metaphor in Genesis 2:34 “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” which we must analyze.

    [comment edited for length — visit elijahalexanderjr’s website to look for the analysis indicated]

  2. Thank you for this post. After reading it, I was prompted to read the whole interview, but was unable to access it from the links you provided. I did, however find the full interview here: http://oca.org/reflections/misc-authors/god-is-always-with-you

    I was also prompted to look further into the life of Fr. Roman and was able to track down a video which includes much footage of him discussing his experiences while imprisoned in Romania. This alerted to to an aspect of recent history of which I had no idea and would recommend it to any who has enjoyed the interview with Fr. Roman. You will find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QGUTBXgz3g

    I have deeply valued Fr. Roman’s account of how the Christian life was sustained in Romania even while under the iron boot of Stalin. He also voices a rare wisdom born of deep suffering and deeper insight.

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