Monday, April 30, 2007

Orthodox quotes

I decided to start a new series. For the next week I'll be posting on Orthodoxy. I'll probably also been posting on other things, but I will try to make sure that at least one post every day has something to do with Orthodoxy. To start off, here are a few quotes that I've come across recently.

"Of course God does not need prayer from us sinners, but in His love for us He likes to see us pray. Not only is the highest form of prayer....pleasing to Him....but even small acts done in His name are pleasing in His sight-every thought and intention directed to His glory and our salvation." ~Way of a Pilgrim

"God is a fire that warms and kindles the heart and inward parts. Hence, if we feel in our hearts the cold which comes from the devil--for the devil is cold--let us call upon the Lord. he will come to warm our hearts with perfect love, not only for Him but also for our neighbor, and the cold of him who hates the good will flee before the heat of His countenance." ~St. Seraphim of Sarov

"True Orthodox fidelity to the past must always be a creative fidelity; for true Orthodox can never rest satisfied with a barren 'theology of repetition,' which, parrot-like, repeats accepted formulae without striving to understand what lies beyond it....An Orthodox thinker must see Tradition from within, he must enter into its inner spirit, he must re-experience the meaning of Tradition in a manner that is exploratory, courageous, and full of imaginative creativity." ~Bp. Kallistos (Timothy) Ware, The Orthodox Church

"The Orthodox Church on Good Friday thinks not simply of Christ's human pain and suffering by itself, but rather of the contrast between His outward humiliation and His inward glory. Orthodox see not just the suffering humanity of Christ, but a suffering God." ~Bp. Kallistos (Timothy) Ware, The Orthodox Church

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