Learning to do more – with less.
Learning to be content with what I have – instead of with what I want.
Learning to live simply, that others might simply live.
Words from the desert, from St. Maximus the Confessor,
that give life to the world.
Love is a most holy condition of the soul in which it values the mystical knowledge of God
above all other existent things.
We cannot enter into such a state of love, however,
if we are still obsessively clinging to material values.
If you love God, you will certainly start to love your neighbors too.
You will find you are unable to hoard your money any longer
but will want to distribute it in a godly way, being generous to all who are in need.
If you imitate God by giving alms you must not discriminate between the deserving and the underserving,
between the wicked and the innocent.
For God gives what is necessary to all with an open hand, as is appropriate to them,
and always honors a good person more than the wicked.
Pray for us St. Maximus, to hear your words of wisdom, but more importantly – to act upon them.
Champion of Orthodoxy, teacher of purity and of true worship, Enlightener of the universe and adornment of hierarchs: All-wise father Maximus, your teachings have gleamed with light upon all things.
Intercede before Christ God to save our souls. Let us the faithful fittingly praise the lover of the Trinity, The great Maximus who taught the God-inspired faith, That Christ is to be glorified in His two natures, wills, and energies; And let us cry to him: “Rejoice, herald of the faith.”