August 31

So long as you do not pursue virtue or study Holy Scripture for the sake of glory, or as a cloak for greed (1 Thessalonians 2:5), or from love of flattery and popularity, or for self-display, but do and say and think for the sake of God, then you are walking with spiritual knowledge in the way of truth. If, however, you have in some respects ‘prepared the way for the Lord’, yet have not ‘made His paths straight’, He will not come to dwell within you (Isaiah 40:3 and Mark 1:3).

~St Maximos the Confessor

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