V. Rev. Archmandrite MaximosEpitropia of the Holy SepulcherJerusalem Patriarchate

If the devil were to write his "beatitudes", they would probably go something like this:

1. Blessed are those who are too tired, too busy, too distracted to spend a few hours a week with their fellow Christians in worship - they are my best workers.2. Blessed are those Christians who wait to be asked and expect to be thanked - I can use them.3. Blessed are the touchy who stop going to church - they are my missionaries.4. Blessed are the troublemakers - they shall be called my children.5. Blessed are the complainers - I'm all ears to them.6. Blessed are those who are bored with the priest's mannerisms and mistakes - for they get nothing out of his sermons.7. Blessed is the church member who expects to be invited to his own church - for he is part of the problem instead of the solution.8. Blessed are those who gossip - for they shall cause strife and divisions that please me.9. Blessed are those who are easily offended - for they will soon get angry and quit.10. Blessed are those who do not give their offering to carry on God's work - for they are my helpers.11. Blessed is he who professes to love God but hates his brother and sister - for he shall be with me forever.12. Blessed are you who, when you read this and think it is about other people and not yourself - I've got you too.

"Ours must be an orthodoxy of the heart, not just the mind."

-St.Tikhon of Zadonsk