SAINT MAXIMUS THE CONFESSOR

1. ON THE WORDS OF EXODUS: The Lord will fight for you, and you must be silent (Exodus:14:14).                                                                                                                                                    Thus he who is commanded to be silent because of his fear should seek refuge in God; he who is commanded to listen should be ready to obey the commandments; and he who pursues spiritual knowledge should call ceaselessly to God, beseeching Him for deliverance from evil and thanking Him for communion in His blessings.

2. The passion of love, when reprehensible, occupies the intellect with material things to which it devotes its attention, but when rightly directed unites it with the divine.             For the intellect tends to develop its powers among those things to which it devotes its attention; and where it develops its powers, there it wil direct its desire and love.

3. There are said to be five reasons why God allows us to be assailed by demons. The first is so that, by attacking and counterattacking, we should learn to discriminate between virtue and vice. The second is so that, having acquired virtue through conflict and toil, we should keep it secure and immutable. The third is so that , when making progress in virtue, we should not become haughty but learn humility. The fourth is so that, having gained some experience of evil, we should  “hate it with perfect hatred” (cf. Ps. 139:22). The fifth and most important is so that, having achieved dispassion, we should forget neither our own weakness nor the power of Him who has helped us.

4. Cleanse your mind from anger, remembrance of evil, and shameful thoughts, and then you will find out how Christ dwells in you.

5. “The grain of mustard seed is the Lord, who by faith is sown spiritually in the hearts of those who accept Him. He who diligently cultivates the seed by practising the virtues moves the mountain of earth-bound pride and, through the power he has gained, he expels from himself the obdurate habit of sin. In this way he revives in himself the activity of the principles and qualities or divine powers present in the commandments, as though they were birds. “(THE PHILOKALIA. Second Century on Theology)

6. FEAR OF THE LORD:…”But the fear David is talking about is a natural expression of the law of true tenderness;” ( Philokalia: On the Lord’ s Prayer)

7.  “To the extent that you pray with all your soul for the person who slanders you, God will make the truth known to those who have been scandalized by the slander. ”(Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

8.  “The deiform soul cannot nurse hatred against a man and yet be at peace with God, the giver of the commandments. ‘For’, He says, ‘if you do not forgive men their faults, neither will your heavenly Father forgive you your faults’ (cf. Matt. 6:14-15). If your brother does not wish to live peaceably with you, nevertheless guard yourself against hatred, praying for him sincerely and not abusing him to anybody.”

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