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  • Come, O faithful, let us work zealously for the Master,
    For He distributes wealth to His servants.
    Let each of us according to his ability increase his talent of grace:
    Let one be adorned in wisdom through good works; let another celebrate a service in splendor.
    The one distributes his wealth to the poor; the other communicates the word to those untaught.
    Thus we shall increase what has been entrusted to us, and, as faithful stewards of grace,
    We shall be accounted worthy of the Master's joy.
    Make us worthy of this, O Christ our God, in Thy love for mankind.

    - Aposticha from Bridegroom Matins of Great and Holy Tuesday
  • "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
  • "First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi

On Heretics

“If heretics no longer horrify us today, as they once did our forefathers, is it certain that it is because there is more charity in our hearts? Or would it not too often be, perhaps, without our daring to say so, because the bone of contention, that is to say, the very substance of our faith, no longer interests us? Men of too familiar and too passive a faith, perhaps for us dogmas are no longer the Mystery on which we live, the Mystery which is to be accomplished in us. Consequently then, heresy no longer shocks us; at least, it no longer convulses us like something trying to tear the soul of our souls away from us.... And that is why we have no trouble in being kind to heretics, and no repugnance in rubbing shoulders with them.

“In reality, bias against ‘heretics’ is felt today just as it used to be. Many give way to it as much as their forefathers used to do. Only, they have turned it against political adversaries. Those are the only ones with whom they refuse to mix. Sectarianism has only changed its object and taken other forms, because the vital interest has shifted. Should we dare to say that this shifting is progress?

“It is not always charity, alas, which has grown greater, or which has become more enlightened: it is often faith, the taste for the things of eternity, which has grown less. Injustice and violence are still reigning; but they are now in the service of degraded passions.

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