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January 14, 2015 + Moral Law and an Unmistakeable Standard

by St. Barsanuphius of Optina

He Who transcends all understanding, and so remains unintelligible, is nonetheless believed to exist among things intelligible. Now, because He, the pre-eternal and supra-essential Being, is by nature the author of all good things (having created the universe out of nothingness, and bringing it into completion through reason and perfecting it through His life-giving Spirit), He has willed to set boundaries by means of certain limits and laws ...

In man, He has planted the seeds of a rational faculty which is inherently critical, and as a further aid He has bestowed upon him, as it were, a command which is called moral law. Consequently, man, being directed by such law toward an unmistakable standard, vigorously sets himself apart from all evil – since evil is a deviated from the rectitude of moral law – and rationally pursues every good and every virtue; for this, indeed, is the object of moral philosophy: namely, the good.

From the 1783 edition of The Evergetinos



Leavetaking of the Theophany of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ

Troparion, Tone 1

When You, O Lord were baptized in the Jordan, the worship of the Trinity was made manifest, for the voice of the Father bore witness to You and called You His beloved Son. And the Spirit, in the form of a dove, confirmed the truthfulness of His word. O Christ, our God, You have revealed Yourself and have enlightened the world, glory to You!

Kontakion, Tone 4

Today You have shown forth to the world, O Lord, and the light of Your countenance has been marked on us. Knowing You, we sing Your praises. You have come and revealed Yourself, O unapproachable Light.