Thursday, November 25, 2004

The Foolish Virgins...

"Some say that that the lack of oil in the lamps of the foolish virgins means a lack of good deeds in their lifetimes. Such an interpretation is not quite correct. Why should they be lacking in good deeds if they are called virgins, even though foolish ones?... I, the humble one, think that what they were lacking was the grace of the All-Holy Spirit of God. These virgins practiced the virtues, but in their spiritual ignorance, they supposed that the Christian life consisted merely in doing good works."
- Seraphim of Sarov

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