Thomas Jefferson: “To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions … is a very dangerous doctrine indeed”

Harlemite:

Worth pondering especially on this day.

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“To consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions … [is] a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest as other men, and not more so . . . and their power [is] the more dangerous, as they are in office for life and not responsible, as the other functionaries are, to the elective control. The Constitution has erected no such single tribunal, knowing that to whatever hands confided, with corruptions of time and party, its members would become despots”

– President Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to William Jarvis, Sept. 28, 1820

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Sebastian Dabovitch: “Christ can never be indifferent …to whether his friends and acquaintances continue in error.”

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“If you think what a man believes is “all the same” provided he is convinced that it is the truth you are mistaken! Why did God send His Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ, into the world if mankind could be saved without Him? Christ commanded the Apostles and their successors to convert the world to Christianity but not to that vague type of Christianity which we find in the numerous denominations which call themselves Christian but are indifferent to His One Church; the “pillar and ground of the truth” against which gates of hell can never prevail! He who believes in these words of Christ can never be indifferent to which Church he belongs nor can he be indifferent to whether his friends and acquaintances continue in error.”

– Saint Sebastian (Dabovitch) of America

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Elder Sophrony: ““The most important thing in the spiritual life”

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“The most important thing in the spiritual life is to strive to receive the grace of the Holy Spirit. It changes our lives (above all inwardly, not outwardly). We will live in the same house, in the same circumstances, and with the same people, but our life will already be different. But this is possible only under certain conditions: if we find the time to pray fervently, with tears in our eyes. From the morning to ask for God’s blessing, that a prayerful attitude may define our entire day.”

– Elder Sophrony

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Saints Barsanouphius and John the Prophet: “the constant invocation of the name of God is a medicine”

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“We must know that the constant invocation of the name of God is a medicine which cures not only all the passions but also their effects. As a physician applies a cure or a poultice to the patient’s wound, and these take effect though the patient himself does not know how this happens, so the name of God when invoked kills all passions, although we do not know how.”
– Saint Barsanouphius the Great, and Saint John the Prophet

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C.S.Lewis: “A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading.”

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“In reading Chesterton, as in reading MacDonald, I did not know what I was letting myself in for. A young man who wishes to remain a sound Atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere–“Bibles laid open, millions of surprises,” as Herbert says, “fine nets and stratgems.” God is, if I may say it, very unscrupulous.”

– C.S.Lewis, Surprised by Joy

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Elder Paisios: “Sweet words”

Harlemite:

Amen!

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“Sweet words and great truths have value when uttered by righteous lips. They take root only in people of good will and clean conscience. Truth, when used without judgment, can commit a crime. And he who possesses sincerity without reason commits a twofold evil, first against himself, then against others. Because there’s no empathy in his sincerity. A Christian must not be a fanatic but have love in his heart for all. He who throws words around carelessly, even true words, does evil. Veneration is a good thing, and the predisposition for good is also good, but spiritual judgment and breadth are needed to guard against fanaticism, that false companion of reverence.”

– Elder Paisios of Mount Athos

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