Thoughts of Fr. John
This Week’s Thought
From Dorotheus of Gaza: “Virtues are in the middle, the Royal way about which the saintly elder[St Basil the great] said, “travel on the Royal way and count the miles”. As I said, the virtues are the midpoint between excess and laxness. That is why it is written, “do not turn to the right or the left” (Proverbs 42: 7) but travel on the “Royal way” (numbers 20:17). St Basil also says, “the person who does not allow his thoughts to incline towards excess or deprivation but directs it to the midpoint, that of virtue, is upright in his heart”. You see, pietism is as dangerous as atheism to the soul aspiring to salvation”.