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  • Mark Sadek
    The pursuit of the virtues through one s own efforts does not confer complete strength on the soul unless grace transforms them into an essential inner
    Message 1 of 1391 , Jul 1, 2008
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      "The pursuit of the virtues through one's own efforts does not confer complete strength on the soul unless grace transforms them into an essential inner disposition. Each virtue is endowed with its own specific gift of grace, its own particular energy, and thus possesses the capacity to produce such a disposition and blessed state in those who attain it even when they have not consciously sought for any such state."

      St. Gregory of Sinai.

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      "Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall." 1 Corinthians 10:12
    • Mark Sadek
      CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN! The Son of God, Who in His compassion became man, died so far as His body was concerned when His soul was separated from
      Message 1391 of 1391 , May 20 8:56 PM
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        CHRIST IS RISEN! TRULY HE IS RISEN!

        "The Son of God, Who in His compassion became man, died so far as His body was concerned when His soul was separated from His body, but this body was not separated from His divinity, and so He raised up His body once more and took it with Him to heaven in glory. Similarly, when those who have lived here in a godly manner are separated from their bodies, they are not separated from God, and in the resurrection they will take their bodies with them to God, and in their bodies they will enter with inexpressible joy there where Jesus has preceded us and in their bodies they will enjoy the glory that will be revealed in Christ. Indeed, they will share not only in resurrection, but also in the Lord's ascension and in all divine life. But this does not apply to those who live this present life in an unregenerate matter and who at death have no communion with God. For though all will be resurrected, yet the resurrection of each individual will be in accordance with his own inner state."

           St. Gregory Palamas.

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        "Now it came to pass, while He blessed them, that He was parted from them and carried up into heaven. And they worshiped Him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy."  Luke 24:51-52

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