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DESCRIERE CIP A BIBLIOTECII NAIONALE A ROMNIEI
PLECA, GIANNI
BUCURIILE MILOSTENIEI CRETINE
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Phd. Student Gianni Pleca:The Joys Of Christian Mercy
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Phd. Student PLECA GIANNI
Ovidius University of Constanta, Romania






THE JOYS
OF CHRISTIAN MERCY




THIS WORK WAS PRINTED WITH THE BLESSING OF HIS GRACE
VISARION
ORTHODOX BISHOP OF TULCEA












KAROGRAF PUBLISHER,
TULCEA, JULY 2014
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Drd. PLECA GIANNI
Universitatea Ovidius Constana, Romania








Bucuriile
milosteniei cretine



Tiprit cu Binecuvntarea Preasfinitului Printe
VISARION
Episcopul Tulcii













EDITURA KAROGRAF
TULCEA, 2014
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CUPRINS


7 Argument

Capitolul 1. Faptele bune, roada desvrit a credinei
13 1.1. Svrirea binelui - lecia iubirii n viaa omului
26 1.2. Valoarea timpului pentru dobndirea mntuirii personale
31 1.3. Faptele bune, semn al rodirii credinei n viaa cretinului
38 1.4. Necesitatea nfptuirii binelui n societatea contemporan

Capitolul 2. Milostenia cretin i sensul adevratelor fapte bune
43 2.1. Datoria iubirii aproapelui, izvor al milei cretine
55 2.2. nfptuirea adevratei milostenii
65 2.3 Rsplata faptelor de milostenie la Judecata obteasc

Capitolul 3. nfptuirea organizat a milosteniei n Biserica cretin
82 3.1. Activitatea filantropic n cadrul misiunii sociale a Bisericii
92 3.2. Slujirea caritativ n snul Bisericii Ortodoxe Romne

105 Capitolul 4. Slujirea aproapelui i a lui Hristos n societatea contemporan

124 Cuvnt de ncheiere

141 BIBLIOGRAFIE

148 Cuvnt al Sfntului Antioh despre ptimirea pentru aproapele

150 Abstract
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THE JOYS OF CHRISTIAN MERCY

CONCLUSIONS

In a world affected by the collapse of the existing criteria, the social
problem is more than a technical issue, a matter of spirit. With in the Christian
perspective destiny of man tends toward complete fulfill ment in Jesus Christ,
who dwells among men not by force, but through freedom and love,so that the
path of this freedom by love is the track to achieve the ideal human society.
The love for God Almighty gives birth to a total detachment from wealth
and love of your neighbor creates the community spirit by which the property
becomes an instrument of divine blessings. He fights against those who have
become slaves of the wealth, seeking their integration into the community of
love by social solidarism and communitarianism of love.
Christianity was a spiritual revolution, which changed the social aspect of
human life. Since the first day of its seen existence, the Church also assimilates
with divine communion new social state regulations that brings inside the
new Christian communities. Durability of charitable activities of the Church is
the final result of an unbroken strength effort of the new nation of God,
determined to defend to the end the Christ belonging and freedom in the
Spirit of Christ before all tests that have come on Christians.
The poor and helpless are not simple events of our day, but they have
existed since the beginning of the world and ever since then, people have
helped each other cultivating brotherly love. The existing caratativ spirit at
the ancient nations developed with law of love instituted by Christ, embracing
different forms depending on the evolution of society. In the spirit of
communion, charity, mutual help and care for the poor, the suffering and the
helpless were the primary concerns of Christianity that fit private property in
the spirit of love for a man not to tie his heart for partakes of neighbor
through charity benefits received from God. In this case, external wealth urges
spiritual wealth as wagging willingly becomes the fruit of the soul. Mercy is
followed by loving our neighbor and the blessing received from God, which
reflects on the man who knows how to use those earthly gifts with
righteousness.
Summarizing, we see that the patristic vision states that the meaning of
land assets urging to "mercy," but God not forces the man to choose good as
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He granted freedom and the virtue of this good belongs to those who willingly
and freely chooses to unite with God. Under the auspices of Christian charity
empire the Holy Fathers invest their wealth, founding homes to raise
abandoned children or orphans, asylums for the poor and elderly, hospitals
for caring and nursing the sick, homes to receive travelers and pilgrims and in
the midst ofthem, the holy institution that creates and protects all others in the
name of Jesus Christ, a church, offering themselves to all as examples for the
accomplishment of the word preached.
In our research, we admit that goods are useful to man only in so far as it
helps to support those in need and suffering, because only in this way the
ownership acquires both a social genuine and moral role, elevating us from
the disease of looking after wealth and concern deriving from the possession
of wealth.
The true good deed is committed in the name of Jesus Christ, so by doing
them the Christian is near by the one who needs it. If committing good deeds,
comes first the retaining of the soul nearer to God by serving fellow, many
seeing it as their duty to help someone, momentarily putting personal
concerns first. However, if the second step is to perform helping, not only the
soul is overwhelmed with gratitude, but our whole being begins to feel great,
being overwhelmed by a wellbeing state. This follows true committing good
deeds, as we feel that God solves those problems we could not find resolution,
but only after we have spent our time to help someone else. In the Church we
all need to see a help to all, both those in need and for those who claim they do
not need, because when someone denies the need to be helped, that moment
that person really needs help.
In the Church people see the good and learn how to commit themselves
good works, which may provide the opportunity for his help disregarding age.
Since childhood, the child sees his mother or grandmother sharing some alms
to poor people or as a person helps someone to walk up or down stairs or
helping an old woman or man whom carries shopping bags. Given these
examples, the child, and then the young and future parent, noted that good
works are not difficult, but it is sufficient to open up because God always leads
him to work continuously with the neighbor, thus reaching to accomplish
good in a very easy way.
The XXI Century recapitulates permanently in our eyes the history of the
miserable condemned by the Holy Fathers, while the poor are hungry and
sick. We must realize how hard it is to support the survival of the state of
humility out of charity and we are obliged to give with much tenderness of our
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goods alms to the poor. To perform charity we need not only money, but good
will, because when we benevolence does not matter that we are poor, because
it tells us nothing that we are rich when we lack the good will.
When we do charity, our wealth is not shrinking, but increasing, because
we do the best investment someone can make, offering infinitely greater
interest than any bank in the world, because the things we offer to God are not
in danger of being stolen or destroyed, but they bring unexpected fruit at the
right time (I Corinthians 2,9). The one who gives alms to the Gods poor lends
himself as surety for the poor before the rich.
The poor and the needy ones have to be helped, because they had not the
joy to reap the fruits of their efforts for reasons beyond them, aware of the
fact that any of us can go through similar events that may bring us in the same
condition. And certainly, any of us prefer to give a part of his labors to this
category than to be part of it. It should open our hearts to all the poor and to
those who suffer hard to offer our voluntary contribution stemmed from love.
You can't give him money, give him food, give him greeting, pray for him, but
don't turn your back, we can give, only to want, because the Lord pulls the
poor in need, and we can raise our prayer to thank God that helped us to do a
good deeds. Probably we all have in the house superfluous things that we
might give them to someone else. A man sure needs some of ours right now,
and the Lord is ready to reward us for every good deed. Outstretched hand of
a beggar is the outstretched hand of Christ that seeks to lift us out of the
morass of passion, greed and love for money.
The positive effects of helping the poor are much greater than the
negative effects of encouraging laziness. Meaning that if we learn to have
compassion for these people and we always help them with what we may, we
will easily change and to see different, we will treat them as people. If we
teach children today that we are all responsible for the poverty of these
people, if we teach them to give, to love, then tomorrow when they become
adults they could help them more. Thus, we can say that doing good can be
learned everywhere, because good is seen both by beneficiaries and those
who are passing through.
Christ asks us by the hand of the poor and charity receives goods which
He gave them and he thanks, because he seeks to remind us that we have
received the goods to make them mercy, and not to waste them, and those
who receive give us back our charity gift received through the prayer to God
for us.