Thursday, February 04, 2010

Effective Evangelism, According to St. Isidore

Isidore was an Egyptian … the kinsman of the Alexandrian Patriarchs Theophilus and Cyril. Having studied all the secular disciplines, he renounced worldly riches and glory, and for the love of Christ he devoted himself completely to the spiritual life…. St. Isidore wrote: "It is more important to teach by a life of doing good than to preach in eloquent terms." And "If one desires that his virtues appear great, let him consider them small, and they will surely manifest themselves as great." St. Isidore’s rule of life was this: "First do and then teach, ac­cording to the example of our Lord Jesus" [Acts 1:1]…. Isidore took up his habitation in the Kingdom of Christ in about the year 436. [Adapted from The Prologue of Ohrid]

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