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Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - XIV

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

The Soul of Orthodox spirituality - 3

The first stage is called ‘active life’ while the second and third jointly designated the ‘contemplative life’.

It is to be noted that not only the social worker or family member or the missionary who is following the active life, the hermit or the recluse is likewise doing so, in as much as he/she is still struggling to overcome the passions and to grow in virtue.

In the same way the contemplative life is not restricted to the desert or the solitude, but a miner, a clerk, a typist or a house wife may also possess inward silence and prayer of the heart, a may therefore be in the true sense a ‘contemplative’.

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