On Being Gentle & Meek

St. John Chrysostom

St. John Chrysostom

By: St. John Chrysostom

Every virtue is a good thing, but most of all gentleness and meekness. This showeth us men; this maketh us to differ from wild beasts; this fitteth us to vie with Angels. Wherefore Christ continually expendeth many words about this virtue, bidding us be meek and gentle. Nor doth He merely expend words about it, but also teacheth it by His actions; at one time buffeted and bearing it, at another reproached and plotted against; yet again coming to those who plotted against Him. For those men who had called Him a demoniac, and a Samaritan and who had often desired to kill Him, and had cast stones at Him, the same surrounded and asked Him, “Art thou the Christ?” Yet not even in this case did He reject them after so many and so great plots against Him, but answered them with great gentleness.

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3 Responses to “On Being Gentle & Meek”


  1. 1 davidernest January 18, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Reblogged this on hesychastic and commented:
    Thanks for posting this piece Maria!

  2. 2 Meredith January 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm

    I love this quote, but I cannot help but wonder what meekness looks like in different professions. As a teacher in the public school, I am to lead my students… to not be submissive to their whims, demands, and complaints.I wonder what meekness looks like for a teacher in a classroom.


  1. 1 Orthodox Collective Trackback on January 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

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