St. Gregory Palamas

“Because the Deity is goodness itself, true mercy and an abyss of loving bounty-or, rather, He is that which embraces and contains this abyss, since He transcends every name that is named and everything we can conceive-we can receive mercy only by union with Him. We unite ourselves to Him, in so far as this is possible, by participating in the godlike virtues and by entering into communion with Him through prayer and praise. Because the virtues are similitudes of God, the participation
in them puts us in a fit state to receive the Deity, yet it does not actually
unite us to Him.”

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