June 11

Love is a holy state of the soul, disposing it to value knowledge of God above all created things. We cannot attain lasting possession of such love while we are still attached to anything worldly….

The person who loves God values knowledge of God more than anything created by God, and pursues such knowledge ardently and ceaselessly….

If everything that exists was made by God and for God, and God is superior to the things made by him, he who abandons what is superior and devotes himself to what is inferior shows that he values things made by God more than God Himself….

Since the soul is more noble than the body and God incomparably more noble than the world created by Him, he who values the body more than the soul and the world created by God more that the Creator Himself is simply a worshiper of idols.

~St Maximos the Confessor

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