Saint Maximus the Confessor on the Error of Holding Fast to the Letter of Holy Writ

St. Maximus the Confessor

It is necessary that the one who seeks after God in a religious way never hold fast to the letter lest he mistakenly understand things said about God for God himself.  In this case we unwisely are satisfied with the words of Scripture in place of the Word, and the Word slips out of the mind while we thought by holding on to his garments we could possess the incorporeal Word.

* This excerpt is from “Maximus Confessor: Selected Writings” translated by George C. Berthold

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