- The Eucharist not only points to the work of the divine Economy, in other words, to the purpose of the divine incarnation, but in an apocalyptic way it also indicates how man is perfected and deified. It can be said that the Eucharist is a representation of the perfecting of the soul.
- The Panagia [Theotokos] (the Saint above all Saints) became the greatest, missionary in history, for She prepared herself, and reached
divinization-theosis in the way She knew; She became "the most blessed" and in the end became worthy of begetting the Son and Word of Son. She gave her flesh to the Second Person of the Holy Trinity in order for Him to be incarnate. She, therefore, on the one hand, showed us the path we must follow if we desire to draw near to the likeness of God; on the other hand, She offered to us the most powerful medicine for our illness: namely, She became the cause of the greatest happiness the world will ever know- She gave birth to the incarnate Christ.
Metropolitan Hierotheos Vlachos of Nafpaktos, Orthodox Spirituality
- There is a difference between the infant and the mature man in what pleases them. The man is pleased by his enterprises, by social recognition, by gifts and honours from others, by family life, by entertainments, shows, hunting, and so on, while the infant is pleased by milk, the nurse's embrace, and the gentle rocking which brings peaceful sleep.
The same is the case with spiritual age, in relation to spiritual blessings. Those who have nourished their souls with virtues in this life will in the future life enjoy divine comfort in proportion to the habit which they have acquired in this life. However, the soul which has not tasted virtue but is also not sickened with evil can also share the good to the depth to which it can contain the eternal blessings, empowered by the vision of Him Who is.
Metropolitan Hierotheos, Life After Death