Friday, April 18, 2008

The Seven Rules of a Christian

Dear Parish Faithful,


Great Lent - The Fortieth Day(!)


From The Sayings of the Egyptian Fathers

These are the seven rules of a Christian:

In the first place, as scripture says,
"Love God with all your soul and all your mind."

Then, love your fellow human beings
as you love yourself.

Fast from all evil.

Never pass judgement on anyone, for any cause.

Never do evil to anyone.

Discipline yourself and purge yourself
from material and spiritual evil.

Cultivate a modest and gentle heart.

If you can do all these things
and see only your own faults, not those of others,
the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ
will be with you abundantly.

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