Nikitas Stethatos

1 Mar

Nikitas Stithatos (The Philokalia Vol. 4; Faber and Faber pgs. 99-100):

“Living together in one place is safer than living alone. The sacred words of Jesus our God bear witness to the necessity of living together; for He says, ‘Where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am in their midst’ (Mt. 18:20). Likewise Solomon speaks about the danger of living alone when he says, ‘Alas for him who is alone when he falls; for he has no one to help him up’ (Eccles. 4:10). And David calls those who praise God in love and concord blessed when he says, ‘Blessed is the people who sing aloud together’ (Ps. 89:15); and he commands life in community, saying: ‘Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together’ (Ps. 133:1). And among the disciples of our Lord there was but a single soul and a single heart (cf. Acts 4:32); and even God’s incarnation did not take place in the wilderness, but in inhabited areas and among sinful men. Thus we have need of the concord of communal life. Isolation is treacherous and full of danger.” (via Holy Fathers)

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