The Venerable Bede: “without love faith is empty”

Dover Beach

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“They alone know how to believe in God who love God, who are Christians not only in name but also in action and [way of] life, because without love faith is empty. With love, it is the faith of a Christian —without love, the faith of a demon.”

The Venerable Bede

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Christos Yannaras: “We know God by cultivating a relationship”

Dover Beach

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“We know God by cultivating a relationship, not by understanding a concept.

The relation constitutes the very subjectivity of of our existence. We participate in existence consciously and rationally, with subjective self-knowledge and identity, because the erotic drive of our nature is transformed into a personal relation when there arises in the space of the Other the first signifier of desire: the maternal presence. The subject is born with love’s first leap of joy.”

Christos Yannaras

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Vincent of Lerins: “the impiety of their blinded understanding”

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Vincent of Lerins.jpg“I cannot sufficiently be astonished that such is the insanity of some men, such the impiety of their blinded understanding, such, finally, their lust after error, that they will not be content with the rule of faith delivered once and for all from antiquity, but must daily seek after something new, and even newer still, and are always longing to add something to religion, or to change it, or to subtract from it!” 

St. Vincent of Lerins

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Maximus the Confessor: “Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you”

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“Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you, for this is not possible if you do not attain love for Him, which is demonstrated by deeds. As for mere faith: “The demons also believe and tremble” (James, 2:19). The action of love consists in heartfelt good deeds toward one’s neighbor, magnanimity, patience, and sober use of things.”

Maximus the Confessor

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