Commentary of the Day

Each is the administrator of their own grace
by Saint Maximus the Confessor (c.580-662), monk and theologian

Each one of us possesses the manifest energy of the Spirit in proportion to the faith within them (cf Rm 12:6). And so each is the administrator of their own grace. Someone who is well disposed could never be envious of anything in the one who is honored with graces provided that the disposition towards receiving God's graces rests upon him. What determines that the gifts of God dwell in us is the measure of each one's faith. Because it is to the extent that we believe that the enthusiasm to act is given us. And so those who act reveal the measure of their faith proportionate to their action: they receive their measure of grace according to what they have believed. (…) By means of the incomplete elevations of the virtues we make the charisms that have been shared out to us converge towards their cause, with the help of God, so that, by letting ourselves drift little by little into negligence, we might not make our faith blind and sightless, deprived of the lights that the works of the Spirit give us, and may not be justly punished for endless ages for having blinded the divine eyes of faith in ourselves insofar as it was in our power. (…) The person who does not fulfil the divine commands of faith has a faith that is blind. For if God's commands are lights (cf Is 26:9 LXX), this means that whoever does not fulfil the commands of God is without divine light. He leaves the divine call without an answer. He does not really respond to him.

From: Fifth Century on Theology, nos. 34-35, 42, 45 (The Philokalia, compiled by St Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain and St Makarios of Corinth)