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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

     ”When he had called all the multitude to himself, he said to them, ‘Hear me, everyone, and understand: There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!’ When he had entered a house away from the crowd, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. So he said to them, ‘Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?’ And he said, ‘What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders…’...

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Blessed are the meek (οἱ πραεῖς, кроткие), for they will inherit the earth.” (Mt 5: 5)

"Meekness," a term we don't use all that much nowadays, is not exactly the same thing as humility, although the two do overlap. While humility is a state of being, like in a grace-filled fog, “meekness,” which we can demonstrate when we have humility as a foundation, is a way of responding. – That is, of responding to adversity or trouble or hostility. “Meekness” absorbs and/or softens the incoming hostility, with a kind or gracious word, or with benevolent silence, or even with feigned ignorance of what the “other” side really means.

The opposite of “meekness,” I think, is self-righteous victimhood. It’s not always “wrong,” victimhood, because sometimes we are, indeed, victims. Sometimes we are “right” i...

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