“Mary is the Mother of Jesus and the Mother of all of us even though it was Christ alone who reposed on her knees … If he is ours, we ought to be in his situation; there where he is, we ought also to be and all that he has ought to be ours, and his mother is also our mother.”
“[Mary is the] highest woman and the noblest gem in Christianity after Christ … She is nobility, wisdom, and holiness personified. We can never honor her enough. Still honor and praise must be given to her in such a way as to injure neither Christ nor the Scriptures.”
“One should honor Mary as she herself wished and as she expressed it in the Magnificat. She praised God for his deeds. How then can we praise her? The true honor of Mary is the honor of God, the praise of God’s grace … Mary is nothing for the sake of herself, but for the sake of Christ … Mary does not wish that we come to her, but through her to God.”
The response from my protestant friends to my conversion to Orthodoxy has been passive rejection. When trying to interact with these people, I am met with a cold silence. The path I took which led me to Orthodoxy was one of solitude and rejection, but despite this, I cannot contain the joy of being in the Church. Truly this the Church which Christ Himself founded! Truly this Church is the Ark of salvation! Truly Christ is present in His Church, offering Himself to us in the Eucharist! Glory to You Oh God, glory to You!
Just as a tree rots from the inside before it falls to the ground, so too does our mind fall into sin long before our body follows suit. Let us be vigilant in mind and body, therefore, that through prayer and fasting we may abstain from sin and find humility, which leads to the love of God.