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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - VIII

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker


Orthodox Spirituality and this world - 3

The one who has reached the peaks of spiritual living is no longer pre-occupied with external activity, but
contemplation.

Even so, he/she exerts an influence on the development of the world, by an attraction and a power which touch his neighbors, that they might become as he/she is, by the same fulfillment of the commandments, by the same virtuous works.

The person who has reached the peak of perfection exerts an influence and an attraction on his/her neighbors, which makes them strive to reach the ideal goal.

Because the very highest of the virtues, which the spiritual man struggles for, is love. In love there is knowledge too and the love of God cannot be separated from the love of the people.


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