St. Maximos the Confessor: When a man’s intellect is constantly with God . . .

Icon of St. Maximos the Confessor“When a man’s intellect is constantly with God, his desire grows beyond all measure into an intense longing for God and his incisiveness is completely transformed into divine love. For by continual participation in the divine radiance his intellect becomes totally filled with light; and when it has reintegrated its passable aspect, it redirects this aspect towards God, as we have said, filling it with an incomprehensible and intense longing for Him and with unceasing love, thus drawing it entirely away from worldly things to the divine.”

— St. Maximos the Confessor, Four Hundred Texts on Love 2.48, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

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