- Chris is risen!
I'd like to share a couple of short statements that, I think, shed a
lot of light on the orthodox approach to asceticism.
Dorotheos of Gaza:
How then ought we to make an offering of our bodies as a living
sacrifice to God? 'By no longer following our physical desires and our
own ideas' (Eph., 2:3), but 'walking in the spirit and not fulfilling
the desires of the flesh' (Gal., 5:16).
St. Gregory the Great:
We truly love God and keep His commandments if we restrain ourselves
from our pleasures. For he who still abandons himself to unlawful
desires certainly does not love God, since he contradicts Him in his
own intentions... Therefore, he loves God truly, whose mind is not
conquered by consent to evil delight. For the more one takes pleasure
in lower things, the more he is separated from heavenly love.
Holy New Hieromartyr Barlaam:
At the Last Judgment the righteous will be recognized only by their
humility and their considering themselves worthless, and not by good
deeds, even if they have done them. This is the true attitude.
- On 4/30/07, krolechka <krolechka@...> wrote:
>Er... thanks, but this announcement is not quite accurate. :)
> Chris is risen!
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- --- In LutheransLookingEast@yahoogroups.com, "Christopher Orr"
>OOPS! Sorry! :)
> On 4/30/07, krolechka <krolechka@...> wrote:
> > Chris is risen!
> Er... thanks, but this announcement is not quite accurate. :)
I don't know what I was looking at when typing it...