Thursday, May 27, 2010

What is Holiness?

Q & A with Fr Job:

Question: Please explain what it means to be a saint and how our holiness should be manifest, which the Lord demands of us?

Answer: Holiness (Hebrew, kadosh; Greek, agios) means separate, pure, chosen by God (cf., Is. 4:3). In the exact sense only God is holy, not having anything in common with sin and uncleanliness. When the Lord says “be holy, for I am holy” (Lev. 11:44-45), He is calling all people to that righteous life which one can attain only through the exact fulfillment of the Divine commandments. “He is holy who is cleansed and sanctified in the inner man” (St Macarius the Great, Homilies).

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