Orthodox Lay Saints

The internationally renowned Eastern Orthodox theologian, Fr. Andrew Louth, came to speak at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans about the rift between Eastern and Western Christianity. Twenty years ago, I wrote my Masters Thesis using his work as a primary source, and so meeting him was a big deal for me.

I include below the public lecture.

I brought him to the airport Monday, and before he got out of the car, I asked him two questions. First, “What do you think is most important thing to be aware of for those who study or teach theology?” He answered immediately, “Prayer. If you don’t pray, it’s all really a waste of time, isn’t it? And quite dangerous, really. I mean, this is God we’re dealing with.” Then I asked him, “Father, what do you tell Orthodox laity who aspire to sanctity, whose lives are fully immersed in marriage, family life, secular professions, civic life, and so on?” I whipped out my old iPhone and recorded his answer, for you all. Enjoy:

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6 comments on “Orthodox Lay Saints

  1. AMDG says:

    Thank you for sharing his answers with us.
    Would you please recommend some work of his. (Did he write about John of the Cross?) Thank you.

  2. Sherri Paris says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this!! Talk about someone being a Light of Christ! He was incredibly interesting, shared truth with great love and gentleness. I was very touched and inspired… my husband and I have always had a heart for the Orthodox Faith and have yearned for the East and the West to come together to share the richness of their faith and to bury the axe as it were…..The world is seeming to head towards hell in the proverbial hand basket and it’s time for ALL Christians whether Protestant, Catholic or Orthodox for that matter to unite in love and hope in our precious King, Lord Jesus!

    I look forward eagerly to your next streaming on this subject and for any more that you have to share regarding that lovely man of God!

    Ahhh, God is SO good…

    Blessings….

  3. Bruce Conroy says:

    Thank you for the Orthodox priest speech. I found the discussion very informative, and in some matters compelling, especially related to topics like leavened or unleavened bread. The only area I found wanting in it was the somewhat lack of answer to the last question about the authority of Peter based upon Scripture.
    At the end of the day I could only see it as the father that I am to my children and would respond with words to the effect of I understand both your grievances and your disagreements. I understand them better than you do so go and reconcile with your brother.

  4. Bruce Conroy says:

    Did you see my email WORD doc write up of the Hopeful Mysteries? If not and you want to just let me know which address to email.

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