The Relevance of St. Maximus the Confessor Today | with Fr. Maximos Constas

Fr. Maximos Constas is Professor of Patristics and Orthodox Spirituality at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. He is one of the most renowned scholars on St. Maximus the Confessor. He was a professor at Harvard and a monk for many years and is now the director at the Pappas Patristic Institute.

In this interview we talk about St. Maximus, seeing his work in perspective, connecting the visible with the invisible, the ascetic movement of liturgy, seeing through the lens of Scripture, the purpose of man and reconciling asceticism with art and imagination.

Fr. Maximos Constas’ work:
– Colloquium on St. Maximus the Confessor: The Mystagogy (Boston, April 28-30, 2022): https://www.pappaspatristicinstitute….

– On Difficulties in the Church Fathers, Vol. 1: The Ambigua, (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library) by St. Maximus the Confessor and translated by Fr. Maximos (Nicholas) Constas:…
– The Art of Seeing: Paradox and Perception in Orthodox Iconography by Fr. Maximos (Nicholas) Constas:…


St. Maximus the Confessor:
– On the Ecclesiastical Mystagogy – A Theological Vision of the Liturgy by St. Maximus the Confessor. (Popular Patristics):…
– On the Cosmic Mystery of Jesus Christ:…


00:00:00 – Introduction
00:01:51 – Fr. Maximos’ journey and how St. Maximus informed it
00:08:12 – Seeing St. Maximus fully
00:10:54 – Connecting the visible and the invisible
00:19:32 – Liturgy & asceticism
00:26:52 – Thinking in Scripture
00:28:46 – The spiritual path & its obstacles
00:33:05 – Logoi
00:34:59 – Fall & redemption are part of a bigger story
00:38:29 – All of creation through man and Divine
00:43:12 – The Parable of the Talents
00:50:49 – How to reconcile art with asceticism
01:01:01 – The role of imagination
01:12:18 – Outro


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