Philokalia – Maximos the Confessor – excerpts

“The human intellect lacks the power to ascend
and to participate in divine illumination,
unless God Himself draws it up
-in so far as this is possible for the human intellect-
and illumines it with rays of divine light.”
Maximos The Confessor, First Century on Theology #31, p.120 Philokalia vol.2

“When what has been created in time
according to the temporal order
has reached maturity,
it ceases from natural growth.
But when what has been brought about
by the knowledge of God
through the practice of the virtues
has reached maturity,
it starts to grow anew.
For the end of one stage constitutes the starting-point of the next.”
Maximos The Confessor, First Century on Theology #35, p.120 Philokalia vol.2

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