Orthodox Thought for the Day


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Wrong attitudes toward the Beatitudes

From the November 26, 2011 posting on Cyberdesert: 

There are many people in the world who are poor in spirit, but not in the way that they should be;
There are many who mourn, but for some financial loss or the death of their children;
Many are gentle, but towards unclean passions;
Many hunger and thirst, but only to seize what does not belong to them and to profit from injustice;
Many are merciful, but towards their bodies and the things that serve the body;
Many are pure in heart, but for the sake of self-esteem;
Many are peace-makers, but by making the soul submit to the flesh;
Many are persecuted, but as wrongdoers;
Many are reviled, but for shameful sins.
St. Maximos the Confessor (Third Century on Love: 46)

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