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Saturday. [I Cor. 4:17–5:5; Matt. 24:1–13] Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold. Love is destroyed by transgressions; the more sins, the less love. Where there is all sin, do not seek love. Therefore, he who seeks the spread of love and curtailment of lack of love ought to be concerned with de?creasing sin and cutting short the sin-loving realm. This is the true foundation for humanism! Having taken up this work, one must use all means to oppose sin. External sins are the fruit of inner sinfulness. In?ner sinfulness is rooted in egoism and its offspring. Consequently, humanists need to make it a rule for themselves to suppress egoism by all means; egoism is suppressed most forcefully by not allowing one’s own will. Do not allow your?self to have your own will, and soon you will overcome egoism. On the contrary, no matter what means you want to use against egoism, you won’t be able to do anything with it if you give freedom to your will. It would follow that wherever people seek their own little will, they are seeking an expansion of egoism and the waxing cold of love — and they are seeking the greater evil. Yet such is the spirit of the current time — and evil is growing.
Saint Theophan the Recluse