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Title: Saint Maximus
Post by: CyrilSebastian on February 26, 2019, 05:42:35 PM
                      Saint Maximus was born in 336 to a profoundly Christian family near Milan.     
                       During his lifetime, he became known for his role in the early history     
                        of the Church of France and the Christianization of Gaul.

Title: Re: Saint Maximus
Post by: CyrilSebastian on October 02, 2019, 09:36:08 PM
As Bishop of Trier, Maximus gave protection to Paul, the patriarch of Constantinople.

Title: Re: Saint Maximus
Post by: CyrilSebastian on October 14, 2020, 10:19:05 AM
Maximus was called one of the most courageous bishops of his time by Saint Jerome.

Title: Re: Saint Maximus
Post by: Shin on October 14, 2020, 07:35:48 PM

S. Maximus ora pro nobis.

Title: Re: Saint Maximus
Post by: Benedict on October 14, 2020, 09:43:07 PM
Saint Maximos the Confessor earned his title because his critics decided to cut his tongue out and cut his right hand off to prevent him from passing on his immense knowledge of mystical theology and apostolic tradition.
Saint Maximos Confessor, wrote hundreds of chapters or pages of theological texts, on asceticism, lovingkindness, the Lord's Prayer and divine knowledge.
Holy Confessor Maximos, you patiently endured to very end, by your prayers may we one day rejoice with you and the Blessed Ever Virgin Mary in heaven as we behold with unveiled faces the glory of the Lord God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen

Title: Re: Saint Maximus
Post by: CyrilSebastian on June 27, 2022, 05:57:32 PM
Maximus (c. 580-662) also known as Maximus the Confessor, was a Christian monk, theologian, and scholar.

Title: Re: Saint Maximus
Post by: Benedict on June 27, 2022, 07:01:33 PM
Saint Maximos the Confessor On the Lord's Prayer
"For hidden within a limited compass this prayer contains the whole purpose and aim of which we have just spoken; or, rather, it openly proclaims this purpose and aim to those whose intellects are strong enough to perceive them. The prayer includes petitions for everything that the divine Word effected through His self-emptying in the incarnation, and it teaches us to strive for those blessings of which the true provider is God the Father alone through the natural mediation of the Son in the Holy Spirit. For the Lord Jesus is mediator between God and men, as the divine apostle says (cf. 1 Tim; 2:5), since He makes the unknown Father manifest to men through the flesh, and gives those who have been reconciled to Him access to the Father through the Holy Spirit (cf. Eph. 2:18). It was on their behalf and for their sake that without changing He became man, and is now the author and teacher of so many and such great new mysteries as yet beyond our understanding.

Of these mysteries that He has granted to men in His boundless generosity, seven are of more general significance; and it is these whose power, as I have said, lies hidden within the Lord's Prayer. These seven are theology, adoption as sons by grace, equality with the angels, participation in eternal life, the restoration of human nature when it is reconciled dispassionately with itself, the abolition of the law of sin, and the destruction of the tyranny that holds us in its power through the deceit of the evil one. Let us examine the truth of what we have said. Theology is taught us by the incarnate Word of God, since He reveals in Himself the Father and the Holy Spirit. For the whole of the Father and the whole of the Holy Spirit were present essentially and perfectly in the whole of the incarnate Son. They themselves did not become incarnate, but the Father approved and the Spirit co-operated when the Son Himself effected- His incarnation. At the incarnation the Word preserved His intellect and His life unimpaired: except by the Father and the Spirit He was not comprehended in essence by any other being whatsoever, but in His love for men was united hypostatically with the flesh. The Word bestows adoption on us when He grants us that birth and deification which, transcending nature, comes by grace from above through the Spirit, The guarding and preservation of this in God depends on the resolve of those thus born: on their sincere acceptance of the grace bestowed on them and, through the practice of the commandments, on their cultivation of the beauty given to them by grace. Moreover, by emptying themselves of the passions they lay hold of the divine to the same degree as that to which, deliberately emptying Himself of His own sublime glory, the Word of God truly became man.

The Word has made men equal to the angels. Not only did He 'make peace through the blood of His Cross . . . between things on earth and things in heaven' (Col. 1:20), and reduce to impotence the hostile powers that fill in the intermediary region between heaven and earth, thereby making the festal assembly of earthly and heavenly powers a single gathering for His distribution of divine gifts, with humankind joining joyfully with the powers on high in unanimous praise of God's glory; but also, after fulfilling the divine purpose undertaken on our behalf, when He was taken up with the body which He had assumed. He united heaven and earth in Himself, joined what is sensible with what is intelligible, and revealed creation as a single whole whose extremes are bound together through virtue and through knowledge of their first Cause. He shows, I think, through what He has accomplished mystically, that the Word unites what is separated and that alienation from the Word divides what is united. Let us learn, then, to strive after the Word through the practice of the virtues, so that we may be united not only with the angels through virtue, but also with God in spiritual knowledge through detachment from created things."