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John Zizioulas: ‘The term “saint” … is something entirely irrelevant and foreign to our time’

18 February 2016

Metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas

 

“The term “saint” or “sanctity” (holiness) is something entirely irrelevant and foreign to our time, and to the civilization and the quests of contemporary Man. Which parents nowadays have the ambition of making their children “saints”? Which of our schools and educational programs cultivate sanctity or present it as a vision and as a model? The “successful” person of our time…is the one who can achieve wealth, comforts and social emergence…”
– Metropolitan of Pergamon John Zizioulas,  in Sanctity a Forgotten Vision

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