Tuesday, August 16, 2011

The Direction of the Will

It is not personality but the direction of the will that is significant in God's judgment, Fr. Ambrose would say. "You know, personalities are only significant in human judgment, and that is why they are praised or scorned. But in God's judgment, personalities, like natural tendencies, are not approved or disapproved. The Lord looks at good intentions and struggle for the good, and values opposition to the passions...."

- Elder Ambrose of Optina

Reference: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/47530.htm