Thursday, December 12, 2013

The Cross and the Burial

"All visible realities need the cross, that is, the state in which they are cut off from things acting upon them through the senses.  All intelligible realities need burial, that is, the total quiescence of the things which act upon them through the intellect. When all relationship with such things is severed, and their natural activity and stimulus is cut off, then the Logos, who exists alone in Himself, appears as if raised from the dead. He encompasses all that comes from Him, but nothing enjoys kinship with Him by virtue of natural relationship. For the salvation of the saved is by grace and not by nature."

St. Maximos the Confessor (580-662), First Century on Theology and the Incarnate Dispensation of the Son of God


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