In his latest Bible study at the Cathedral of St John the Baptist in Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Jonah teaches from 1 Corinthians 7. He touches on the subjects of spiritual and bodily freedom from and slavery to the passions, the decline of societal understanding of the family as a sacramental community, marriage as an ascetic vocation of mutual devotion and self-sacrifice, sexual life within marriage, and ascetic struggle against the passions.
Among many of his memorable quotes are these:
1) On the mutuality of spiritual freedom and bodily slavery and spiritual slavery and bodily freedom:
“The bodily state of earthly captivity doesn’t really matter if one is inwardly spiritually free. Just as the state of external freedom doesn’t matter if one is inwardly bound by one’s passions and by one’s sins. That state of [being in] slavery doesn’t necessarily mean that a person has to be enslaved in spirit…
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