Sunday, 19 March 2006

Sunday of St Gregory Palamas

St Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) is celebrated on the Second Sunday of Lent, in addition to his fixed feast, rarely noted, later in the year. What is the characteristic of St Gregory? His love. We were struck by the Divine Liturgy in his honour today. It brought to mind the famous statement of the emissaries of the Ruler of Kiev in Constantinople: ‘We did not know whether we were in Heaven or on earth.’ It is well to bear in mind that St Paul says that we should earnestly desire the higher charisms but that we should make love our aim. As time goes on, it more and more seems to us that the most important thing that the Christian should cultivate is love: he may or may not become a saint; he may or may not be well-known in this life; but if he begins to love, it is enough.

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