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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Orthodox Spirituality - XVII

by Fr. Dr. M. John Panicker

Presuppositions - 3

The spiritual life is also evangelical.

At each step upon the path, we turn for guidance to the voice of God
speaking to us through the Bible.

After being inspired by what is written in the Bible, we lead ourselves to be the real witnesses of our Lord to our neighbors.

We are asked to preach the Gospel and witness our Lord by practicing the virtues of prayer, fasting and alms giving.

Prayer unites us to God; fasting sanctifies us and alms giving (Charity) is really an extension of the divine Grace in us to our fellow beings and the rest of the creation.

These presuppositions obviously show the Trinitarian Christological, Pneumatological, Sacramental and ecclesiastical character of Orthodox spirituality.

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