Voices from Russia

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

5 April 2017. A Few Words on Convert Puffery


Too many neophytes read the Philokalia… it puffs them up and makes them susceptible to all sorts of nonsense. They strut about on the internet, lecturing grownups, and disseminating the goofiest fancies as Church teaching. I’d say that no convert should touch this collection until they’ve been ten years in the Church. Moreover, The Way of a Pilgrim has led many astray. I’d say:

Go to liturgy, do good to those about you, and keep focused on the simple and good… that’s the formula for salvation.

The Liturgy grounds us and keeps the Incarnation Real. Otherwise, “Orthodoxy” becomes a mere literary conceit and our prayer life acting out of what one happens to read.



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