To what does Christ save us?

or:  Thoughts on Fear, Love, and Salvation But if it is possible to be saved | without love, O my Christ, |how shall this be? | Impossible!  If we were separated from the light, | how shall we flee the darkness? | If we were deprived of joy, | how would we be free from […]

Fear and Love

“No one can love God consciously in his heart unless he has first feared him with all his heart.” St. Diadochos of Photiki, On Spiritual Knowledge, #16 I do not fear God with all my heart.  Instead, I fear people.  This troubling realization came to me two weeks ago as I read Jesus’ words in Luke […]

No Righteousness by Works

This selection by Mark the Monk really seems to pull together the themes that we have been engaging thus far.  He mentions the intellect, stillness, the practice of the virtues, and pure motive of the heart.  He does, at the same time, caution us against the belief that these works merit salvation, “…the kingdom of […]

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