The Challenge of Love
St. Benedict Orthodox Church
Celebrating in the Western Rite
of the Antiochian Jurisdiction
Jesus our God taught that the great commandment is this; that we love the Lord our God
with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and the second is like it, that we love our
neighbor as ourselves. This is the summary of the Law and Christ came to fulfill the Law, to
complete the Law. He came to complete it not only in His own example as the second Adam,
but to see its fulfillment in all those who follow Him in the Way.

If we are to truly love God and find the progression of the virtue of love from the heart to
include the mind and envelope the soul and all our strength, we must do it by the means our
Lord provides. The way and means requires that we love our neighbor as ourselves.

The vertical experience of love of God requires the horizontal foundation of love of Man to
complete the sacramental process of the virtue of love, joining the uncreated and the

Our faith in God is manifested through love. As the scriptures state, even the demons
believe in God and tremble.

The venerable Bede remarked;
“They alone know how to believe in God who love God, who are Christians not only in name
but also in action and way of life, because without love faith is empty. With love, it is the faith
of a Christian -- without love, the faith of a demon.”
The Orthodox Church is evangelical, but not Protestant.
It is orthodox, but not Jewish. It is catholic, but not Roman.
It is not non-denominational, it is pre-denominational.
It has believed, taught, preserved, defended, and died for the Faith of the Apostles
since the Day of Pentecost nearly 2000 years ago in 33 A.D.
St. Benedict of Nursia Orthodox Church
St. Benedict of Nursia Orthodox Church