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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - X

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Holy Trinity is the basis of and the Love is the Hallmark of Orthodox Spirituality - 2

We may describe the Trinitarian basis of our spirituality in the following lines: Only a perfect community of supreme persons (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit) can nourish, with its unending and perfect love, our thirst for love in relation to it and between ourselves.

The Father wants to extend love in its paternal form. So after the creation of man, He wanted His Son to become man so that His love for His Son, made man, would be a love which is directed toward any human face, like that of His son. In the Son made flesh we are all adopted by the Father.

The Father loves all of us in His Son, because the Son was made our brother. God the Son, too, thus shows His love as a supreme brother.

But the Son’s love for us is not separated from the Father’s love for us, but in His love as a brother He makes the Father’s love and also His love for the Father, engulf us. In us the Father welcomes other loving and loved sons because His Son was made our beloved brother.

However, this paternal love is poured out on us in the form of the Holy Spirit flooding the Son.

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