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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 "Corresponding to every divine gift, there is in us an appropriate and natural organ capable of receiving it – a kind of capacity, or intrinsic state or disposition." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

2 "Heart (kardia): not simply the physical organ but the spiritual centre of man's being, man as made in the image of God, his deepest and truest self, or the inner shrine…in which the mystery of the union between the divine and the human is consummated."

3 "The mystery of the incarnation of the Logos is the key to all the arcane symbolism and typology in the Scriptures, and in addition gives us knowledge of created things, both visible and intelligible. He who apprehends the mystery of the cross and the burial apprehends the inward essences of created things; while he who is initiated into the inexpressible power of the resurrection apprehends the purpose for which God first established everything." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Theology'

4 "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'

5 "The apostle gives us the following definition of faith: 'Faith makes real for us things hoped for, gives assurance of things not seen' (Hebrews 11:1). One may also justly define it as an engrained blessing." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century of Various Texts'

6 "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'

7 "Every man possesses that which is according to the image of God, 'for the gifts of God are irrevocable' (cf. Romans 11:29)." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

8 "The noetic and intelligent creature, man, has been made…in God's image and likeness (cf. Genesis 1:26)." St. John of Damaskos, 'On the Virtues and the Vices'

9 "Love unites those who have been divided and is able to create a single identity of will and purpose, free from faction, among many or among all; for the property of love is to produce a single will and purpose in those who seek what pertains to it." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

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

11 "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'

12 "Our task is to reject any thought that secretly vilifies a fellow being." St. Thalassios the Libyan, 'Fourth Century'

13 "God, who is by nature good…loves all men equally as His handiwork." St. Maximos the Confesor, 'First Century on Love'

14 "If we are made, as we are, in the image of God (cf. Genesis 1:27), let us become the image both of ourselves and of God…let us all become the image of the one whole God." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century of Various Texts'

15 "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'

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

17 "God Himself is the way, the door, the key and the kingdom….He enters by participation into all things." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Second Century on Theology'

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

19 "A good conscience confers on us the power of love." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

20 "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'

21 "It is God who gives prayer to him who prays and who teaches man spiritual knowledge." St. Theodoros, the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

22 "Our spiritual lamp is lit by pure prayer and perfect love." St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, 'A Century of Spiritual Texts'

23 "Plurality is the consummation of unity manifested." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'Third Century of Various Texts'

24 "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'

25 "Perfect love does not split up the single human nature, common to all, according to the diverse characteristics of individuals; but, fixing attention always on this single nature, it loves all equally." St. Maximos the Confessor, 'First Century on Love'

This body of quotes compiled by JoAnn Kite