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Four Hundred Texts on Love (Third Century) 37

76.  The presence of the passion of avarice reveals itself when a person enjoys receiving but resents having to give. Such a person is not fit to fulfill the office of treasurer or bursar. I was struck by the turn this text took. St. Maximos describes the sign of one rule by the passion of […]

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Four Hundred Texts on Love (Third Century) 9

17.  There are three things which produce love of material wealth: self-indulgence, self-esteem and lack of faith. Lack of faith is more dangerous than the other two. What do you think of St. Maximos’ prescription? We certainly live in a culture consumed with love of material wealth. Other than books, ‘stuff’ doesn’t hold much appeal […]

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The Jesus Creed 7 – John the Baptist: The Story of New Beginnings

Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord you God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. The second is this: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. This is a series of reflections […]

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Four Hundred Texts on Love 6

23.  He who loves God will certainly love his neighbor as well. Such a person cannot hoard money, but distributes it in a way befitting God, being generous to everyone in need. 24.  He who gives alms in imitation of God does not discriminate between the wicked and the virtuous, the just and the unjust, […]

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The Didache 32 – Appoint Bishops and Deacons

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. Appoint, therefore, for yourselves, bishops and deacons worthy of the Lord, men meek, and not lovers of money, and truthful and proved; for they also render to you the service of prophets and teachers. Therefore do not despise them, for they […]

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The Didache 30 – Supporting Prophets

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. But every true prophet who wants to live among you is worthy of his support. So also a true teacher is himself worthy, as the workman, of his support. Every first-fruit, therefore, of the products of wine-press and threshing-floor, of oxen […]

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The Didache 28 – Apostles, Teachers, and Prophets

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. Whosoever, therefore, comes and teaches you all these things that have been said before, receive him. But if the teacher himself turns and teaches another doctrine to the destruction of this, hear him not. But if he teaches so as to […]

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The Didache 11 – Flee From Every Evil Thing

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. My child, flee from every evil thing, and from every likeness of it. Be not prone to anger, for anger leads to murder. Be neither jealous, nor quarrelsome, nor of hot temper, for out of all these murders are engendered. My […]

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The Didache 9 – Sweaty Alms

This series is reflecting on the Didache if you want to read it separately. And also concerning this, it has been said, Let your alms sweat in your hands, until you know to whom you should give. Do you have the money for your alms identified? Does it “sweat” while you wait for the Spirit […]

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