Voices from Russia

Saturday, 18 June 2016

18 June 2016. A Point to Ponder

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As followers of Christ, we really need to learn the difference between “moral outrage” and “moral grief”.

Archbishop Lazar Puhalo

In a later post, Vladyki Lazar elaborated:

Some of you have asked me to explain “moral grief”. Perhaps, we can discuss it briefly, looking at the Holy Fathers. The best example of Moral Grief is Christ’s prayer in Gethsemane just before his betrayal. As the Fathers tell us, Christ had no fear of death. He certainly knew who He is. What then, was the “chalice” that He suffered from so greatly that He wished to have it removed? He was referring to His grief over the conditions and bondage of humanity. As the great Russian Father Metropolitan Antony Khrapovitsky said, “Christ suffered more greatly from His moral grief for humanity than He suffered physically on the cross”. Christ expressed no outrage over mankind’s sins, which He had come to bear away. Even when commenting on the self-righteous, He was sharp and stern, but without outrage. With the woman taken in adultery, we don’t see any moral outrage in Christ, rather, being concerned for her healing and salvation, He demonstrates a moral grief toward her accusers who were, despite their own moral outrage, themselves immoral, and full of sin. Moral grief never seeks the punishment or degradation of another, but feels grief over their bondage and inner human suffering. Moral outrage wallows in the desire for punishment, it rages against the other, not feeling a deep sense of humble grief over their condition. I hope this will explain to some degree.

I quite agree and have nothing to add to the above.

BMD

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