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From…How to Spot a Heretic

April 12, 2007

Some famous Saints talk about how to spot a heretic. Notice, there is no talk of creeds here. Just for the record.

How to Spot a Heretic:

St. Ignatius (2d Century):

“Observe those who are heterodox concerning Christ Jesus’ grace, which came to us, how contrary they are to God’s will. They have no regard for a love feast, none for the widow or the orphan, the oppressed, the bound, the freed, the hungry, or the thirsty . . . they exhibit enmity and deceit in their dealings with one another. They have no regard for love; they despise the good things we expect hereafter; they regard present things as if they were durable; they ridicule him that is in affliction; they laugh at him that is in bonds.”

St. John Chrysostom:

“The desire to rule is the mother of all heresies.”

St. Catherine of Siena (14th Century):

“Our every principle and foundation is in the love of God and our neighbor alone; all our other activities are instruments and buildings placed on this foundation. Therefore thou shouldst not, for pleasure in the instrument or the building, desert the principal foundation in the honour of God and the love of our neighbor.”

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Grandmère Mimi permalink
    April 12, 2007 2:53 pm

    Excellent, Eileen, excellent. That’s getting to the heart of the Christian message.

  2. Nina permalink
    April 12, 2007 7:52 pm

    So according to Catherine, a prophet if ever there was one, it is heresy to value institutions over people.

    My, that makes for an interesting heretic list.

  3. Luiz Coelho permalink
    April 13, 2007 10:18 am

    You see? You are not so heretic as you think… 😉

  4. Eileen permalink
    April 13, 2007 4:16 pm

    I do see, Luiz. I poste this to remind myself as much as everyone else.


  5. Saint Pat permalink
    April 14, 2007 4:43 pm

    Excellent post. What they all said!

  6. Mystical Seeker permalink
    April 14, 2007 7:26 pm

    If the desire to rule is the mother of all heresies, then the desire to exclude is the father. And the child of those two heresies is Christian orthodoxy. Which means that orthodoxy is the real child of heresy,which means that it is the real heresy, which means that heresy the real orthodoxy.

    Which is just the sort of turning things inside out that Jesus liked to say when he was preaching his parables.

  7. Eileen permalink
    April 15, 2007 7:17 am

    I agree completely, Mystical…

    I think…

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