On two types of love – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

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On two types of love

Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)

March 31

In this world there are two kinds of love: one that takes and one that gives. This is common to all types of love — not only love for man. One can love a friend, one’s family, children, scholarship, art, the motherland, one’s own ideas, oneself — and even God — from either of these two points of view. Even those forms of love which by common consent are the highest can exhibit this dual character.

Take, for example, maternal love. A mother can often forget herself, sacrifice herself for her children. Yet this does not as yet warrant recognition as Christian love for her children. One needs to ask the question: what is it that she loves in them? She may love her own reflection, her second youth, an Continue reading “On two types of love – Saint Maria Skobtsova of Paris (+1945)”

キリスト教とは、この聖書の教えに基づいて生きようとした人々の歩みそのものです Christianity is the walk of the people who tried to live based on the teachings of the Holy Bible ╰⊰¸¸.•¨* Japanese

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キリスト教とは、この聖書の教えに基づいて生きようとした人々の歩みそのものです。新しい神の民である教会(キリスト信者の共同体)は、それぞれの時代、それぞれの文化・社会の中で、キリストに従って歩もうとしてきました。教会の使命はイエスの使命を受け継ぎ、神と人との交わり・人と人との交わりを取り戻すために働くことです。

キリストの使徒から始まる教会の2000年の歩みという土台なしに今のわたしたちの信仰はありません。この歴史の中で今の教会の祈りや信仰生活のスタイルが生まれ、育ってきましたし、教会の信仰理解も深まってきたのです。

The giver of every good and perfect gift – Saint Nicholas of Myra, Asia Minor (+343)

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“The giver of every good and perfect gift has called upon us to mimic Gods giving, by grace, through faith, and this is not of ourselves.”

—Saint Nicholas of Myra, Asia Minor (+343)