Sayings of St. Anthony the Great

When the same Abba Anthony thought about the depth of the judgements of God, he asked, ‘Lord, how is it that some die when they are young, while others drag on to extreme old age? Why are there those who are poor and those who are rich? Why do wicked men prosper and why are the just in need?’ He heard a voice answering him, ‘Anthony, keep your attention on yourself; these things are according to the judgement of God, and it is not to your advantage to know anything about them.’ Continue reading “Sayings of St. Anthony the Great”

‘Free man’ is the responsible man

Saint Gregory the Theologian wrote: ‘God that created man, since the very beginning let him free and self-governing. He honoured man with self-government, so that good belongs to whom that he choses it not less than to the one who gave him the seeds of good. So that with self-government, i.e. with freedom, man becomes complete and his actions are not irresponsible. Each one of our actions obtains moral value because the involuntary is unstable, tyrannical and alien to the spirit of Christ.’  Continue reading “‘Free man’ is the responsible man”

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