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: