On Loving Christ Thoroughly- By: St. Maximus the Confessor

St. Maximus the Confessor

The one who loves Christ thoroughly imitates him as much as he can. Thus Christ did not cease to do good to men. Treated ungratefully and blasphemed, he was patient; beaten and put to death by them, he endured, not thinking ill of anyone at all. These three are the works of love of neighbour in the absence of which a person who says he loves Christ or possesses his kingdom deceives himself. For he says, “Not the one who says to me ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter in the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father.” And again, “The one who loves me will keep my commandments,” and so forth.

The whole purpose of the Savior’s commandments is to free the mind from incontinence and hate and bring it to the love of him and of one’s neighbour, from which there springs the splendour of holy knowledge in all its actuality.

Exerpt taken from the book:
Maximus Confessor, Selected Writings.

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9 Responses to “On Loving Christ Thoroughly- By: St. Maximus the Confessor”


  1. 1 theprophecyoftheshalforen June 19, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    nice blog ^^ Question: which is the patron saint for writers??? (seriously!!! I would like to pray so my new novel is accepted in people’s hearts ^^)
    God bless,

    http://theprophecyoftheshalforen.wordpress.com/

    cheers.

  2. 2 Mary June 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    ^Hi!

    Thank you for your compliment. 🙂

    I personally don’t know what patron saint for writers would be best. I have heard that Russian Christians pray to St. Nestor the Chronicler for help in writing.

    Here is a link where you can read about this saint: http://www.roca.org/OA/78/78k.htm

    All the best on your novel. I’ve read your sneak peak, love it! 🙂

    God Bless.

    Mary

  3. 4 theprophecyoftheshalforen June 19, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    PS: I friend^from Lyon has also recomended Saint Francis de Sales ^^any use??? regards

  4. 5 Yaroslav June 22, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Hello I am Russian, and the first time I hear that we are praying Nestor the Chronicler. We have it (even Orthodox), better known as the author of one of the most ancient books, on which we are studying our very early history. The fact that he was a monk, is mentioned often.

    Here is some pics and info, but, sorry, only in Russian:

    http://www.google.ru/images?q=%D0%BD%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%80%20%D0%BB%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%B5%D1%86&oe=utf-8&rls=org.mozilla:ru:official&client=firefox&um=1&ie=UTF-8&source=og&sa=N&hl=ru&tab=wi

    http://ru.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%9D%D0%B5%D1%81%D1%82%D0%BE%D1%80_%D0%9B%D0%B5%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D0%B5%D1%86

    God bless!

  5. 6 Yaroslav June 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Mary, where are you from? I`m interested about an orthodox life beyond Russia, and your blog too. I`m an orthodox christian from Moscow. My name is Yaroslav.

  6. 7 Mary June 25, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Hi theprophecyoftheshalforen,
    Personally, I don’t assign saints for particular prayer requests. You can pray to any saint that you feel close with, that’s what I do. I’m sorry that I’m not much help to you. I wish you all the best on your novel!

    Hi Yaroslav,
    To answer your question, I’m in Canada and my background is South Asian. It’s nice to meet people from around the world that share the same faith as you. 🙂
    Thank you so much for the links, very interesting! As for praying to St. Nestor the Chronicler. Russians that I know told me they particular pray to him during their studies.

    God Bless

    Mary

  7. 8 Отець Андрій July 12, 2010 at 6:05 am

    I Know that the patron Saint for the libraries is Saint Jerome 15 June…this for the moment….


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