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For the human [nature] of God is not, as with us, moved by a free choice [which is] framed through counsel, judgement, and a decision between opposite [courses of action], so that He may not be thought as changeable (τρεπτός) by nature in virtue of His [exercise of] free choice. For [His humanity] received an unwavering being (το είναι) simultaneously with [its] union with God the Word.
Moreover, it had that stable motion proper to the natural appetite of the faculty of will, or, as is more correct to say, it had an unmoved rest in Him by virtue of [its] most pure assumption and deification by God the Word
St Maximos the Confessor First Theological Opuscule

On Free Will on the Eschaton:

II. So then, since counsel, and judgement, and free choice are [all directed towards] uncertain things that are within our power, then when there are no uncertain things, as when the Self- Subsistent Truth has been made clearly manifest to all, then [it is the case] that free choice will not be moved by any of the things in the middle and which are within our power, for there will be no evaluation or deciding between opposite [courses of action], whereby we prefer the better to the worse [course of action]. But then in this case if free choice does not exist according to the law of nature that prevails at present - since all uncertainty has been removed from things - then it will only be an active and intellectual appetite.

St Maximos the Confessor TheoPoll,PG91

Wanting (βούλεσθαι) is a right word to use even when what we want is impossible of attainment; choice is the right word only when the thing lies within our power to attain it. So we may rightly say, ‘I want to be immortal.’ What we do not say is, ‘I choose to be immortal.’ For wanting applies to the end desired while choice concerns itself with the means towards the end, the relation being the same as that between what we want, and what we deliberate how to get. For, what we want is the final result, while what we deliberate about is the means for reaching that result.
St Maximos the Confessor Disputation with Pyrrhus

Prayer to St Panteleimon the Great Martyr and Unmercenary

Holy Great-Martyr and Healer Panteleimon,

thou imitator of God’s mercy!

Look down in thy loving kindness and hearken unto us, sinners,

who offer heartfelt prayers before thy holy icon.

Ask for us from the Lord God,

before Whom the Angels stand in heaven,

remission of our sins and transgressions.

Heal the ills of body and soul of the servants of God whom we here commemorate,

who are here present,

and of all Orthodox Christians who seek thy help.

For behold, we, who because of our sins are possessed by bitter ills and have no help or consolation,

yet flee to thee for refuge, since thou hast been given Grace to pray for us and to heal every ill and every disease.

Grant, therefore, to all of us, by thy holy prayers,

health and strength of soul and body,

a good growth in the Faith and in devotion,

and all that is needful unto this temporal life and unto our salvation:

So that, having been granted great and rich mercy thorugh thee,

we may glorify thee and Him that bestoweth all good things,

our God Who is wondrous in His Saints,

the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


From “Polny Sbornik Molitv”, pp. 214-215: Prayer 3.

Two Categories of People

I know from experience that in this life people are divided in two categories.

A third category does not exist; people either belong to one or the other.

The first one resembles the fly. The main characteristic of the fly is that it is attracted by dirt. For example, when a fly is found in a garden full of flowers with beautiful fragrances, it will ignore them and will go sit on top of some dirt found on the ground. If the fly could talk, and you asked it to show you a rose in the garden, it would answer: “I don’t even know what a rose looks like. I only know where to find garbage, toilets and dirt.” There are some people who resemble the fly.

The other category is like the bee whose main characteristic is to always look for something sweet and nice to sit on. When a bee is found in a room full of dirt and there is a small piece of sweet in a corner, it will ignore the dirt and will go to sit on top of the sweet. Now, if we ask the bee to show us where the garbage is, it will answer: It only knows the good things in life and is ignorant of all evil. This is the second category of people who have a positive thinking and see only the good side of things. They always try to cover up the evil in order to protect their fellow men; on the contrary, people in the first category try to expose the evil and bring it to the surface.

When someone comes to me and starts accusing other people and puts me in a difficult situation, I tell him the above example. Then, I ask him to decide to which category he wishes to belong, so he may find people of the same kind to socialize with

Elder Paisios
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