Sunday, February 08, 2009

East vs. West

The whole teaching of the Latin Fathers may be found in the East, just as the whole teaching of the Greek Fathers may be found in the West. Rome has given St. Jerome to Palestine. The East has given Cassian to the West and holds in special veneration that Roman of the Romans, Pope Gregory the Great. St. Basil would have acknowledged St. Benedict of Nursia as his brother and heir. St. Macrina would have found her sister in St Scholastica. St. Alexis the “man of God,” “the poor man under the stairs,” has been succeeded by the wandering beggar, St. Benedict Labre. St. Nicolas would have felt as very near to him the burning charity of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Vincent de Paul. St. Seraphim of Sarov would have seen the desert blooming under Father Charles de Foucauld’s feet, and would have called St. Thérèse of Lisieux “my joy.”

– Archimandrive Lev Gillet (”a monk of the Eastern Church”), Orthodox Spirituality (Crestwood NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1978), pp. x-xi.


Blogger Michael from Texas said...

Good quote. I think we can receive much from the pre-schism West - for me, in regards to prayer life especially. I find the rule of St. Benedict (and the shortened versions found in the traditional Roman Breviary) a wonderful aid to prayer; Other than Matins, there is a wonderful simplicity to the western Divine Office that makes it attractive. I always find myself going back to the Byzantine practice, but occassionally, delving into the West for things like this is edifying.

8:51 AM  
Blogger Maggie's Farm said...

Very nice, but what's going on in your life???

3:15 PM  

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