The Perfect Person’s Rule of Life

St. Clement of Alexandria

By: St. Clement of Alexandria

The perfect person does not only try to avoid evil. Nor does he do good for fear of punishment, still less in order to qualify for the hope of a promised reward.

The perfect person does good through love.

His actions are not motivated by desire for personal benefit, so he does not have personal advantage as his aim. But as soon as he has realized the beauty of doing good, he does it with all his energies and in all that he does.

He is not interested in fame, or a good reputation, or a human or divine reward.

The rule of life for a perfect person is to be in the image and likeness of God.

Taken from the book- Drinking from the Hidden Fountain: A Patristic Breviary : Ancient Wisdom for Today’s World.


5 Responses to “The Perfect Person’s Rule of Life”

  1. 1 Orthodox Catechism May 28, 2011 at 1:53 am

    “….His actions are not motivated by desire for personal benefit!!! ” Is it so simple?

  2. 2 .oO♥Oo.MeLiSsA.oO♥Oo. June 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm

    Bellissimi post. sono passata per caso, e mi ha molto colpito la semplicità di tutto questo bellissimo blog. complimenti che Gesù vi benedice sempre insieme alla vostra adorata famiglia … buona notte da Melissa!

  3. 3 Mary June 11, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    Grazie Melissa, Dio vi benedica troppo!

  4. 4 Diakrisis June 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

    Clement of Alexandria is not a “Saint” in the Orthodox Church. Just saying 🙂

  5. 5 Mary June 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

    Diakrsis, I’m aware of that, but his life is saintly and his sayings are beneficial, so I put him up on here.

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