The Publican and the Pharisee

Here is a thought-provoking exposition on the Jesus’s parable of the Publican and the Pharisee by the Chalcedonian Orthodox Saint: Gregory of Palamas.

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St. Gregory Palamas
On the Lord’s Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee


1. THE unseen patron of evil is full of evil ingenuity. Right at the beginning he can drag away, by means of hopelessness and lack of faith, the foundations of virtue already laid in the soul. Again, by means of indifference and laziness, he can make an attempt on the walls of virtue’s house just when they are being built up. Or he can bring down the roof of good works after its construction, by means of pride and madness. But stand firm, do not he alarmed, for a diligent man is even more ingenious in good things, and virtue has superior forces to deploy against evil. It has at its disposal supplies and support in battle from Him Who is all-powerful, Who in His goodness strengthens all lovers of virtue. So not only can virtue remain…

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