Category Archives: Holy Spirit

Saint Seraphim of Sarov

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In his Conversation with Nikolay Motovilov, c1830-31, Saint Seraphim  of Sarov said that the true aim of Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Spirit of God, and means to this end are good only if they are done for Christ’s sake and bring us the grace and fruits of the Holy Spirit.  It is the grace of the Holy… Read more »

Incarnation: Deification

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Patristic Orthodoxy centres on Christ’s divine humanity as the living heart of human redemption and deification.  Saints Irenaeus, Athanasius, Gregory Nazianzus and Gregory Nyssa all bear witness that God became human so that humanity may be deified.  For Patristic wisdom, Christ’s birth, life, transmission of gospel wisdom, death, resurrection, ascension and glorification, together save and deify humanity, not the Cross of… Read more »

The Spirit’s witness to Wisdom

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Listening to the Spirit’s witness to wisdom, she reminds us: The Lord of glory was heard to say, ‘Why callest thou me good?  None is good save one, that is, God alone (Luke 18:19).  In a similar way, perhaps, the Lady of glory may be heard to say:  Why do you call me Great Lady, Lady Wisdom, Lady of the Temple, there is… Read more »

Martyrdom: Red and White

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The blood of red martyrdom is the life-blood of Holy Orthodoxy, the costly glorification that gives life to the tradition in the light of the Name.  The blood of white martyrdom, on the other hand, is the life-blood of Hesychast solitude, the life of desert silence, the beauty of hidden stillness.  Both martyrdoms bear witness to Christ in the Spirit of the… Read more »

Wisdom’s Eternal Gospel

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Wisdom’s Eternal Gospel reveals that the Holy Name unveils God to the whole of creation, invisible and visible, not just to the human world (Rev 14:6).  For wisdom’s gospel, the invisible creation includes the angelic worlds of bodiless powers who are created in the timeless Logos, just as humanity is, including all beings of awareness and presence.  Angels are created… Read more »

Co-inherence of Wisdom and Glory

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The co-inherence of wisdom and glory hallows saints with unfolding mysteries of union, enfolding them in the Father’s love of the Son, embracing them with the Spirit’s insight into love, praying in them for all, through Christ’s love for all, to the glory of the Father.  A worldly mentality stubbornly contests the wisdom of Christ, which it cannot comprehend, secretly… Read more »

Rest in Spirit

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When the heart abides in Christ, the mind rests in Spirit, united with the heart, partaking in the Great Peace of the Father.  Rest in Spirit is not soporific passivity but active remembrance of God, partaking in the Spirit’s insight into the union of the Father with the Son.  With Christ’s ascension, the Spirit raises saints on high and deifies them… Read more »

Spirit of Truth

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I am the Spirit of Truth enlightening those who turn and see.  I am the Word of Presence blessing those who glorify my Holy Name.  The timeless life of glory is completeness incorruptible, inviting incompleteness to empty into completeness.  Great shall be the peace of God’s holy ones, secure in my reign of joy, steadfast in my realms of glory.  Wisdom… Read more »

Ecstatic Joy of Love

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The Name ‘I AM,’ ‘EHYEH,’ communicates the ecstatic joy of divine love, intimate union of God’s ‘I’ awareness with his ‘AM’ presence in the midst, unveiling love’s embrace of wisdom and glory as ecstatic joy, heavenly bliss and hallowing blessing.  The Gospel discloses bliss and blessing by bearing witness to this ecstatic union of love.   Love’s union of wisdom and glory is… Read more »