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St Justin Popovich: Prayerful concentration of the soul, through the action of grace...

In the philosophy of the holy fathers, contemplation has an ontological, ethical and gnoseological significance. It means prayerful concentration of the soul, through the action of grace, on the mysteries that surpass our understanding and are abundantly present not only in the Holy Trinity but in the person of man himself and in the whole of God’s creation.

In contemplation, the person of the ascetic of faith lives above the senses, above the categories of time and space. He has a vivid awareness of the links that bind him to the higher world and is nourished by revelations that contain those things which “eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man” (I Cor. 2:9).

St Justin Popovich