If you seek after God with all your heart
and all your strength,
then the virtues of your soul and body
will turn you into a mirror
of the image of God within.
You will be so merged in God,
and God so merged in you,
that each will endlessly repose in the other.
Such are the riches of the gifts of the Spirit
that such a disciple will be, and be manifested as,
the very icon of divine blessedness,
a very god by adoption,
since God is the perfecter of his own perfection.
– Niketas Stethatos, 11th century monk at Constantinople
Thanks for this – and tonight’s meditation on it.
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You are most welcome Gillian.
How very beautiful – to endlessly repose in the other. I will think on this, and strive a little more towards trying to achieve a couple of steps further into this mystery. Thank you.
Felicity, it is a beautiful image and, I think, the invitation to be fully present and fully alive.
God’s peace be with you,
Thank you for posting this. A pleasure to see the wisdom of antiquity brought to life in the present.
I think we have much to learn from the wisdom of antiquity.