July 3

Cleanse your intellect from anger, rancor, and shameful thoughts, and you will be able to perceive the indwelling of Christ….

God, who has promised you eternal blessings (Titus 1:2) and has given you the pledge of the Spirit in your hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22), has commanded you to pay attention to how you live, so that the inner man may be freed from the passions and begin here and now to enjoy these blessings….

Strive as hard as you can to love every man. If you cannot yet do this, at least do not hate anybody. But even this is beyond your power unless you scorn worldly things.

                                                                ~St Maximos the Confessor

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