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The Philokalia, volume 2
various authors, compiled by St. Nikodimos of the Holy Mountain
A collection of texts written between the fourth and the fifteenth centuries by spiritual masters of the Orthodox Christian tradition.

1 "St. John says: 'My children, let us love not in word or tongue, but in action and truth. And by this we know that we belong to the truth.' (1 John 3:18-19)" St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

2 "God by nature is always one and alone, substantively and absolutely, containing in Himself all-inclusively the totality of substantive being." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

3 "God embraces in unity the spiritual knowledge of all created things, providentially permeating all things with His power, and vivifying their inner essences in accordance with their nature." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

4 "The person who listens to Christ fills himself with light; and if he imitates Christ, he reclaims himself." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Third Century'

5 "Love is distinguished by the beauty of recognizing the equal value of all." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century of Various Texts'

6 "Like a good and loving physician, God heals with individual treatment each of those who are trying to make progress." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Love'

7 "Intellect (nous): the highest faculty in man, through which – provided he is purified – he knows God or the inner essences or principles of created things by means of direct apprehension or spiritual perception….it understands divine truth by means of immediate experience, intuition, or simple cognition. The intellect dwells in the depths of the soul; it constitutes the innermost aspect of the heart."

8 "There is never an end, as there is never a beginning, to the good which God does: just as the property of light is to illuminate, so the property of God is to do good." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

9 "All things seek the beautiful and good at every opportunity, and there is no being which does not participate in them. They extend to all that is." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

10 "The principle of that wisdom which is revealed to all [is] that we should know and praise God through His creation and that by means of the visible world we should understand whence we came, what we are, for what purpose we were made and where we are going." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

11 "Faith is a quality inherent in our nature." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

12 "Indeed, the Saviour endured His sufferings so that 'He should gather together into one the scattered children of God' (John 11:52)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fourth Century on Love'

13 "Through active virtue desire is brought under control and anger is bridled." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

14 "In each of us the energy of the Spirit is made manifest according to the measure of faith (cf. Romans 12:6)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

15 "Love…will remain for all eternity, always increasing beyond all measure." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

16 "The will of the Maker, in His goodness, wills beings always to exist and always to receive His blessings." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

17 "Everything that is natural is the work of divine creation and is excellent: 'And God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good.' (Genesis 1:31)." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Fifth Century of Various Texts'

18 "Man's intellect is a holy place and a temple of God." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Love'

19 "God is one…possessing completely the total potentiality of being." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

20 "There is one Divinity, a Unity simple, beyond being, without parts and undivided." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

21 "The Creator provides for all creation, down to the least of living things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century on Love'

22 "Love restores the soul to health." 'A Discourse on Abba Philimon'

23 "Prayer is converse with God, contemplation of the invisible,…a stimulus towards the divine, the assurance of things longed for, 'making real the things for which we hope' (Hebrews 11:1)." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

24 "God created human nature a partaker of every divine blessing." 'A Discourse on Abba Philimon'

25 "God is…a unity embracing a diversity of principles, each of which is an aspect of the Logos. Thus he who speaks about the truth…speaks always about the one." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

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