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May 21, 2010

Virtue Is Natural While Vice Is Unnatural


We see that vice is something shameful and sinful in that it always hides and always takes upon itself the appearance of good works.

St. John Chrysostom beautifully says: "Vice does not have its own particular face, but borrows the face of good works."

This is why the Savior said: "They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves" (Matthew 7:15).

Call a liar, a liar; a thief, a thief; a murderer, a murderer; an adulterer, an adulterer; a slanderer, a slanderer and you will infuriate them. However, call a man whatever you want: honest, honorable, unselfish, truthful, just, conscientious and you will make him light up with joy and please him.

Again, according to Chrysostom, I quote: "Good works are something natural in man while vice is something unnatural and false." If a man is even caught in a vice, he quickly justifies his vice by some good works; he clothes it in the garments of good works. Indeed, vice does not posses its own particular face. The same is true of the devil, the father of vices!

- St. Nikolai Velimirovich