Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


Who, then, could be so presumptuous, so blind, as to dare to rely upon his own judgment and his own power of discernment and to do this after the `vessel of election' bears witness to the fact that he needed to confer with his fellow apostles? Hence it is clear that the road to perfection is revealed by the Lord to no man who is in a position to have teach regard for the ideas and the practices of older men and who makes light of that saying which he ought very properly to observe: `Ask your father and He will teach you, ask your elders and they will tell you' (Deut. 32:7). St. John Cassian, Conferences

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