A Peaceful Heart

Don’t react, be at peace

Each day brings on new challenges regarding the health of our soul. Those moments when a family member or coworker makes a remark that is meant to anger us, are those times we need to guard our heart. When those around us are gossiping about someone, that is an opportunity for us to keep silent. The driver who has just cut us off on the freeway; the woman who pushes her way in front of us in the check out line; the rude neighbor; all are moments in time when we can take control of our emotions, and grow stronger spiritually.

Trials and temptations, when confronted with a peaceful heart, bring forth healing and make the soul that much stronger and healthier. Reacting does nothing but bring forth paralysis of the soul, binding us to our fallen nature. Receiving all these temptations with a peaceful heart and not reacting to outside negative stimulus, helps strengthen us for the next round of trial and temptation. Little by little, we will find that the Peace of Christ fills our every waking moment, and brings on a joyful spirit and a peaceful heart.

Love in Christ,
Abbot Tryphon

Monday August 21, 2017 / August 8, 2017
12th Week after Pentecost. Tone two.
Dormition (Theotokos) Fast. By Monastic Charter: Strict Fast (Bread, Vegetables, Fruits)

St. Emilian the Confessor, bishop of Cyzicus (820).
St. Philaret of Ichalka, Ivanovo (1913).
New Hieromartyr Joseph (1918).
New Hieromartyr Nicholas priest (1937).
New Hieromartyr Nicodemus (Krotov) archbishop of Kostroma and Galich (1938).
Venerable Gregory, iconographer of the Kiev Caves (12th c.).
Translation of the relics (1566) of Venerables Zosimas (1478) and Sabbatius (1435) of Solovki.
Second translation of the relics (1992) of Venerables Zosimas, Sabbatius, and Herman of Solovki.
St. Myron, bishop of Crete (350).
Martyrs Eleutherius and Leonides of Constantinople, and many infants with them.
Venerable Gregory of Sinai (Mt. Athos) (1346).
“Tolga” Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (1314).
Martyr Gormizdas of Persia (418).
New Martyr Triandaphyllus of Zagora in Thessaly (1680) (Greek).
Twelve Ascetics of Egypt (Greek).
Two Martyrs of Tyre (Greek).
Martyr Styracius (Greek).
New Martyr Anastasius (Spaso) of Radovishte in Strumica who suffered at Thessalonica (1794) (Greek).
St. Gregory, wonderworker of the Kiev Caves (14th c.).
St. Zosimas the Sinaite of Tumana Monastery, Serbia (14th c.).
Monk-martyr Euthymius, abbot of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist at Garesja, Georgia (1804).

The Scripture Readings

2 Corinthians 5:10-15

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

The Ministry of Reconciliation

11 Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade others. What we are is plain to God, and I hope it is also plain to your conscience. 12 We are not trying to commend ourselves to you again, but are giving you an opportunity to take pride in us, so that you can answer those who take pride in what is seen rather than in what is in the heart. 13 If we are “out of our mind,” as some say, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

Mark 1:9-15

The Baptism and Testing of Jesus

9 At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”

12 At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, 13 and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted[a] by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him.

Jesus Announces the Good News

14 After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. 15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!”

Abbot Tryphon

About Abbot Tryphon

The Very. Rev. Abbot Tryphon is Igumen of All-Merciful Saviour Monastery on Vashon Island, Washington. Situated in the heart of a beautiful forest, surrounded by the Salish Sea, the monastery is reached by ferry from either Seattle, or Tacoma, Washington.


  1. Your Blessing Father Tryphon

    Thank you so much for these most blessed and loving messages of our most Loving and Merciful Christ. I find so much guidance in the messages Thank God for them. I am so incredibly grateful for your thoughts and words in Christ our Lord and Saviour

    Many blessings and Love in Christ +

  2. What a rich set of readings today. Gospel in a nutshell.

    Mark gives the Theophany, temptation in the desert, and the proclamation of the kingdom (repent / metanoia), in just a few lines. Add those last two verses of the Apostle (one died for all therefore all died…we should no longer live for selves, but for Him who died/raised…) and you complete the picture.

    From those few verses today, there’s so much you can unpack, like a mini catechism.

    I’m especially pondering this: You have the revelation of the Holy Trinity, and immediately you see Jesus respond with an act of aceticism by entering the desert. The revelation and an example to emulate. A monastic response to reality!

  3. Father Bless, I have not acquired the extent of peace of heart that you have spoken of above. The little peace of heart that I was given was disrupted when a friend of mine erupted a bit of chaos in my life. I battled with my thoughts for a few months now and prayed and prayed and prayed. The peace of heart has returned, but alas if I see the person again, the peace once again is disrupted, altough to a lesser extent and for a shorter period. I have confessed and forgiven this person. Although God has forgiven me, I am not quite sure if I have forgiven her completely because of these continue disruptions. How does one acquire His everlasting peace while living in this everyday world with so many chaotic variables occurring? (and no the monastic life is not the path that God has sent me on). Sophia

    1. I think it’s practice. You yourself said the disrupter effects you to a lessor extent and for shorter periods with subsequent encounters. Those are small victories, but they’re victories. I think there’s a Chinese proverb to the effect “Difficult people are our greatest teachers.” Every time I keep silent when my brother pushes my buttons, I win. Sometimes I’m even able to resist getting agitated. Then I win big. But it’s taken time and practice to even achieve those infrequent results. And no doubt they are moments of grace when God’s love overrides my own meager efforts.

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