Saint Isaac the Syrian
Nobody can hate those who are humble; nor can they berate or despise them. Christ loves them and they’re beloved by all. They love everyone and everyone wants to be with them. The wise and the instructors are all silent before the humble, to whom everyone pays attention. They speak simply. Their words are sweeter than ‘honey and beeswax’. Everyone considers them gods, be they ever so unlearned and despicable in form. Those who despise the humble blaspheme against God himself. The wild beasts are tamed by them because they scent the aroma of Adam.
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.
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