Feast of St Euphrasia the Martyr of Nicea and Stephen I, Patriarch of Constantinople
Orthodox Spirituality: A Practical Guide for the Faithful and a Definitive Manual for the Scholar by Fr. Dumitru Staniloae
SOMETIMES it is best to stand aside and let the author speak for himself: “Orthodox spirituality has as its goal the deification of man and his union with God, without being merged with Him. It has as a basic conviction the existence of a personal God, who is the supreme source of radiating love. He prizes man and doesn't want to confuse him with Himself, but maintains and raises him to an eternal dialogue of love. Such a spirituality has no place where an evolutionary progress of man, connected to a divinity conceived as an impersonal essence, is affirmed. This progress can have no result other than man’s disappearance in the impersonal divinity. But the personal God, and thus the supreme source of love, can’t be conceived as a single person, but as a community of persons in a perfect unity. You see then why the Christian teaching of a Trinity of Persons... is the only one which can constitute the basis of a perfect spirituality for man, understood as a full communion with God in love, without his being lost in it.” Thank you Fr. Staniloae. [A short footnote: It’s doubtful you’ll find a more comprehensive and systematic treatment of Orthodox spiritual theology in a single volume. Staniloae can be technical and scholarly, but he is also practical and clearly spoken, not beyond the patient reader.]
397 pp. paper $29.95
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