Sunday, September 28, 2014

Examin Sunday 28 September 2014

why love of neighbour impels us to live virtuously ourselves

'If you keep God's commandments you will not become a stumbling-block to others, for there will be nothing offensive or provocative in you. 'Great peace have they who love Thy law, and for them there is no stumbling-block' (Ps. 119:165). Rather they are light, salt and life, in conformity with the Lord's words, 'You are the light of the world, and the salt of the earth' ( Matt. 5:13-14). Light, because they are virtuous in life, lucid in speech, and wise in thought; salt, because they are rich in divine knowledge and strong in the wisdom of God; life, because through their words they bring to life those slain by the passions, raising them up from the pit of despair.

St Niketas Stethatos
mystic, monk, & theologian 
(c. AD 1005 - 1090)

from the Philokalia
Volume 4 
On the Practice of the Virtues: 100 texts
number 79

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