Elder Efraim of Arizona-The Lord is faithful in all

  “As I find you, I will judge you.” 1 Behold, the value of a moment. Did He find you in repentance? Did He meet you in confession? Did He reach you saying “I have sinned against heaven and before you”? 2 Did He approach you when you had tears of genuine repentance and self-reproach in your eyes? Behold, it is in one moment that God makes his decision. “The Lord is faithful in all His words.” 3
  However, if He finds you otherwise, O man, then the eyes of your soul will open, and you will see what you have lost— but what is the use? If God condemns a person, repentance is futile; when the “fair” of life ends, words are pointless. It is all over!
  Oh, what a great mystery this is! O my God, my Sweet Jesus, open the eyes of my soul that I may see very clearly this great mystery of my eternal salvation, so that, helped by Thy grace, I may prepare provisions and not repent at the end of my life to no avail. As Thou dost see, I do absolutely nothing and am entirely leprous with passions. Grant me tears and complete repentance before the last hour comes, when I shall hear Thy voice, “Set thy house in order, for thou shalt die and not live.” 4

1 cf. Ez. 33:20
2 Lk. 15:18
3 Ps. 144:13
4 Is. 38:1


subm. no. 22

paragraphs: 9, 8, 4, 7, 10+3, 5, 12, 11, 13 from pages 56-63



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Elder Efraim of Arizona-The Lord is faithful in all