Christian Platonism

Rediscovering Ancient Wisdom

Diadochus of Photice

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From 100 Chapters on Spiritual Perfection

Ch. 14

He who loves God consciously in his heart is known by God (cf. 1 Cor. 8:3), for to the degree that he receives the love of God consciously in his soul, he truly enters into God’s love. From that time on, such a man never loses an intense longing for the illumination of spiritual knowledge, until he senses its strength in his bones and no longer knows himself, but is completely transformed by the love of God. He is both present in this life and not present in it; still dwelling in the body, he yet departs from it, as through love he ceaselessly journeys towards God in his soul. His heart now burns constantly with the fire of love and clings to God with an irresistible longing, since he has once and for all transcended self-love in his love for God.

St. Diadochos of Photiki (circa 400-486 CE), quoted in Philokalia, Vol. I., P.256.

via Longing for God..


Written by John Uebersax

January 25, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Posted in Love, Mysticism, Patristics

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  1. Peace John,

    This is a very beautiful passage. Thank you for sharing it with the wider world.

    God bless you always.

    Abdur Rahman

    Abdur Rahman

    January 25, 2009 at 5:08 pm

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