The next task is also the last task and therefore the most difficult one. Four things are necessary to fulfil it.
- To research the principles of Bernard of Clairvaux for a good life and live by them.
That has been your task from the start. Everybody forgot. Do not forget that amongst these principles most important one is to pledge your life and everything that one owns to the cause, defence, honour and further knowledge of the Christian religion and the Holy Church. That means both Catholic and Orthodox Church each with their own dogmas and respective holy centres and patrons. Neither defamation nor furthering of the schism belongs to the life one has been expected to lead. This task also does not have anything to do with common modern day politics and enmities, daily life and journalism, as such are regarded to be realities of a profane nature, so one should relinquish any attempt to conjoin your task with latter. Such is permittable only in one case, that of utmost necessity and solely that – indeed the same you have been called up for – defence, honour and further knowledge of the Christian religion and the Holy Church.
- To be able to live up to these principles, you need to acquire a basic training.
The first steps are: the control of thinking, feeling, willing, control of speech, control of action, all these combined. Not in a 10 minute meditation, not in an exercise, one is also not expected to perfect this as everybody comes to a situation sooner or later where one fails this and shows weakness and doubt. In such situations remember also that Our Lord suffered in Gethsemane, find strength in remembering that nevertheless he completed his Mission in the end for all of us. Try then to accomplish what is asked from this training in situations when it is needed and important. Correct thought, correct feeling, correct word, correct action.
- Observance and Excellence, Education and Culture, Ethics and mutual Respect of other Confessions, as well as always when necessary and possible, mediating a peaceful dialogue between them; furthermore, abiding all written and unwritten laws and mores, national and International – is what is asked from all who decide to follow this path. To achieve these, one should school oneself also in the art of oratory – as a proper expression – so that a man can be considered wise and truthful whether with friends or in the face of adversary, and at both tables he will be respected and well received.
- All these You must not do to excel and take pride in your achievements when you compare yourself with your neighbour. You do all this to serve. Christ washed the feet of his disciples and he was the First among all. Love your neighbour.