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Gregory of Sinai: “True ministry”

4 February 2019

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“According to St. Paul (cf. Rom. 15:16), you “minister” the Gospel only when, having yourself participated in the light of Christ, you can pass it on actively to others. Then you sow the Logos like a divine seed in the fields of your listeners’ souls. ‘Let your speech be always filled with grace’, says St Paul (Col. 4:6), ‘seasoned’ with divine goodness. Then it will impart grace to those who listen to you with faith. Elsewhere St. Paul, calling the teachers tillers and their pupils the field they till (cf. II Tim. 2:6), wisely presents the former as ploughers and sowers of the divine Logos and the latter as the fertile soil, yielding a rich crop of virtues. True ministry is not simply a celebration of sacred rites; it also involves participation in divine blessings and the communication of these blessings to others.”

Saint Gregory of Sinai

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  1. 4 February 2019 11:24 am

    Reblogged this on First Thoughts and commented:
    Saint Gregory of Sinai (1260s – November 27, 1346) was instrumental in the emergence of Athonite Hesychasm on Mt. Athos in the early 14th century.

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