This webcast is dedicated to understanding how the Theotokos never sinned in thought, word, or deed. Emphasis is put upon the teachings of Saint Maximus (from Life of the Virgin) and Saint Nicolai of Zica. It also unpacks what the definition of sin is and how the passions exist because of sin.
“As St. John Maximovitch wrote, “This teaching […] denies all her virtues. After all, if Mary, even in the womb of her mother, when she could not even desire anything good or evil, was preserved by God’s grace from every impurity, and then by that grace was preserved from sin even after her birth, then in what does her merit consist? […] then for what did God glorify her? If she, without any effort, and without having any kind of impulse to sin, remained pure, then why is she crowned more than everyone else? There is no victory without an adversary.”
Regarding what Maximovitch is saying: I don’t get this, Craig. You could say the same thing about Jesus Christ who always was holy.
All our virtues are gifts of grace. Any good we do, it is God doing through us. And so, the Theotokos worked incredibly through the grace of God. God in the flesh was not good by grace but by nature. And so, He did not need to experience anything to gain merit.
How about Adam and Eve (before they fell)? For them there was no struggle, no passions.
Yes which is why nothing impeded them from manifesting His grace
hey craig it is great what you’re doing here and I was watching your interview with deacon henok elias but I don’t think you’ve seen the real teaching of our church if you can can you interview deacon gorgios dejene