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St. Maximus the Confessor

(From First Century: 86, 11, 79 in Four Hundred Chapters on Love )


The Illumination of our Souls


When the mind is completely freed from the passions, it journeys straight ahead to the contemplation of created things and makes its way to the knowledge of the Holy Trinity.


All the virtues assist the mind in the pursuit of divine love, but above all does pure prayer.  By it the mind is given wings to go ahead to Godů


Almsgiving heals the irascible part of the soul; fasting extinguishes the concupiscible part (appetites); and prayer purifies the mind and prepares it for the contemplation of reality.  For the powers of the soul the Lord has granted us the commandments as well.