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Discussion in 'The Ancient Way - Eastern Orthodox' started by hungrytiger, Jul 25, 2012.

  1. hungrytiger

    hungrytiger I don't know what I'm talking about.

    Eastern Orthodox
    I've been reading The Ascetic of Love about Mother Gavrilia and enjoying it very much. I was wondering if y'all had any thoughts or quotes or links or things about what Mother Gavrilia (G.G. in the quote) is talking about in this passage here. It was in the section of the book called "Mother, give us a word" and was under the heading "Idolization." Thoughts and things about either the giving or receiving end of this would be quite welcome. Thanks.

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  2. servantofGodNicholas

    servantofGodNicholas Newbie

    Eastern Orthodox
    I love it, it is great!
  3. ProScribe

    ProScribe Well-Known Member

    As a Christian if you're self-conscious of the idol then "God" would know about it
  4. Dorothea

    Dorothea One of God's handmaidens

    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    First off, I LOVE HER BOOK! It's one of the best books on Orthodox spirituality and such that I've ever read. She made a rather large impact on my way of seeing the world and people and everything. LOVE IT! I'm glad you're reading it. I hope it is nourishing your soul as much as it did mine!

    I believe she's talking about making a person basically a god, and replacing them with God, wherein, they are, if you will, obsessed with the person. And this can and does happen with parents and their children, where they think they're children are the best and they give them everything and forget about the discipline part of parenting and such, which is truly love, in a good way...when the discipline is done in a loving manner, and the child has a structured upbringing, obviously. We can do this with anybody, including our spouses. IOW, anything or anybody that we put above God is an idol.

    What this does to the person spoiled all their lives, is they don't learn selflessness, self-sacrifice for others, and thinking of others in a compassionate manner. And then her last example is also true. Unrealistic expectations of people, and this happens all the time, especially with newly weds. lol I was there once. It is our doing if we have put unrealistic expectations on the person.
  5. ArmyMatt

    ArmyMatt Regular Member Supporter

    United States
    Eastern Orthodox
    awesome quote. her book is one of those that has been on my must read list. thanks for posting!