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It means being loved by God

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Desert Fathers“Modern man seeks mainly for ‘experience’ – putting himself at the center of things he wishes to make them subservient to this aim; too often, even God becomes the source from which the highest experience flows, instead of being Him Whom we adore, worship, and are prepared to serve, whatever the cost to us. . . .

“To be, to be possessed of this gift of life, and to be granted all that makes its richness means to be loved by God; and those who know this, free from any delusion that they can exist or possess apart from this mystery of love have entered into the Kingdom of God which is the Kingdom of Love. What then shall be their response to this generous, self-effacing, sacrificial love? An endeavor to respond to love for love, as there is no other way of acknowledging love.” – Metropolitan Anthony of Sourouzh in the Preface to The Sayings of the Desert Fathers, translated by Benedicta Ward, SLG; published by Cistercian Publications.

Perhaps, rather than moaning that my spiritual awareness is sparse and intermittent, I would be wise to rejoice that it is given at all.

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Written by Monte

January 2, 2007 at 1:42 pm

Posted in Discipleship, Loving

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