Pemptousia and OCN have entered a strategic partnership to bring Orthodoxy Worldwide. Greek philosophers from Ionia considered held that there were four elements or essences (ousies) in nature: earth, water, fire and air. Aristotle added ether to this foursome, which would make it the fifth (pempto) essence, pemptousia, or quintessence. The incarnation of God the Word found fertile ground in man’s proclivity to beauty, to goodness, to truth and to the eternal. Orthodoxy has not functioned as some religion or sect. It was not the movement of the human spirit towards God but the revelation of the true God, Jesus Christ, to man. A basic precept of Orthodoxy is that of the person – the personhood of God and of man. Orthodoxy is not a religious philosophy or way of thinking but revelation and life standing on the foundations of divine experience; it is the transcendence of the created and the intimacy of the Uncreated. Orthodox theology is drawn to genuine beauty; it is the theology of the One “fairer than the sons of men”. So in "Pemptousia", we just want to declare this "fifth essence", the divine beaut in our life. Please note, not all Pemptousia articles have bylines. If the author is known, he or she is listed in the article above.
The heart’s the inner person, it’s the centre of our personality. Where we can encounter God, where we can make our free choice concerning Him, that’s the centre of our personality. And we can’t find our heart by our own efforts. We find our heart, because we have to say that the aim of the Christian life is for our intellect to be united with our heart. Because then we’re healed, we’re whole and we can turn to God with our whole being, fulfilling in a Godly manner the commandment where He asks us to love Him with all our heart, all our soul, all our being.
Archimandrite Zacharias (Zacharou), of the Holy Monastery of Saint John the Baptist, Essex, in an interview with Pemptousia, speaks of finding the heart, and its importance in Orthodox spiritual life.
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