Love is the foundation

from the Russian Orphans Opportunity Fund website: an excerpt from Great Lent, by Fr Alexander Schmemann:

Love is … the foundation, the very life of the Church which is, in the words of St Ignatius of Antioch, the ‘unity of faith and love’. … [Look at] Christ’s parable of the Last Judgement (Matt. 25:31-46). When Christ comes to judge us, what will be the criterion of His judgement? The parable answers: love – not a mere humanitarian concern for abstract justice and the anonymous ‘poor’, but concrete and personal love for the human person, any human person, that God makes me encounter in my life.

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2 Responses to “Love is the foundation”


  1. 1 armsopenwide October 12, 2007 at 8:19 AM

    Yes; words are easy but being “arms open wide” with Christ is what matters, and takes steady effort from the heart, and the truth is that I am very inconsistent. And so I pray (also inconsistently) Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy one me, a sinner.

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  1. 1 Now just to live it… « Abide and Endeavor Trackback on October 11, 2007 at 8:03 AM

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