Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

21. Some people living carelessly in the world have asked me: "We have wives and are beset with social cares, and how can we lead the solitary life?" I replied to them: "Do all the good you can; do not speak evil of anyone; do not steal from anyone; do not lie to anyone; do not be arrogant towards anyone do not hate anyone; do not be absent from the divine services; be compassionate to the needy; do not offend anyone, do not wreck another man's domestic happiness, and be content with what your own wives can give you. If you behave in this way, you will not be far from the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Ladder of Divine Ascent, St John Climacus, Holy Transfiguration Monatery Press, Boston, MA, 1991, page 9.

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