June 7th, 2006

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Wisdom from Elder Macarius

As to those people who are good and kind but are not believers, we cannot and must not judge them. The ways of the Lord are inscrutable; let us leave these good people entirely to His judgment and the grace of His providence. He alone knows how and why He has built the argosy of humanity, and the small boat of each one of us, such as it is...Refrain from heated discussions on religious matters; there is no good in them…

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Remember always that once we have decided consciously to strive after righteousness, we cannot escape catastrophes and sorrows, no matter where we are.
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True Religion

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world (James 1:27)

I think that in modern Christian thought and action there is a tendency to split apart these two foundations of true religion.  One person seeks to save the world through justice and reform, the other through personal holiness, abstinence and piety.  I do not think that either of these paths is the path which Christ taught us to walk down.  These are fragmentary paths, they lack the great synthesis that is found in the life of the God-Man.