From THE JOURNALS OF FATHER ALEXANDER SCHMEMANN 1973-1983
- From THE JOURNALS OF FATHER ALEXANDER SCHMEMANN 1973-1983
"There is no point in converting people to Christ if they do not convert their vision of the world and of life, since Christ then becomes merely a symbol for all that we love and want already - without Him. This kind of Christianity is more terrifying than agnosticism or hedonism.
"Theologians have connected their fate with erudition, with learning, whereas they would be better off following poetry, poets and art. Genuine poetry is hard to come by, while erudition is endlessly easy....
"A kind person - a virtuous person. Between them, there is a big difference. A kind person is kind because he or she accepts people are the are, coverts them with kindness. Kindness is beautiful, the most beautiful thing on this earth. Virtuous people are activists, obsessed with the desire to impose their principles and goodess and easily condemning, destroying, hating.... In this world there is a lot of virtue, and so little kindnes....
"The most vital of all prayers: 'Help us, save us, have mercy upon us, and keep us O God, by Thy grace.' It is the prayer that defends us from the old Adam in us, as an infection permeating our whole being and poisoning it."
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