The Wandering Desert Monk

The Wandering Desert Monk

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Vertical infuses the Horizontal

"And it is only by the observance of the first and 
greatest commandment that we can keep the second. 
The more we love God, the more we shall love man; 
the less we love God, the less we shall, in the true 
sense of the word, love man. Our love will become 
capricious, fitful, and unreliable—not charity, but 
passion. If you feel that your love for your fellowman 
is dying out in the fumes of selfishness, there is but 
one way to revive it: strive for, pray for, the 
love of God. 

As the heart turns toward its source, it will be 
quickened and expanded. There is no true, no l
asting spirit of charity apart from the practice 
of religion. Therefore, we cannot keep those 
commandments which teach us our duty to men
unless we are keeping those which teach us our duty to God."
— Fr. Basil W. Maturin, Christian Self-Mastery, p. 160

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