Drawing from Scripture and patristic teachings, Dumitru Staniloae offers clear discussion of the goal of Orthodox spirituality and major steps of the spiritual life. Part one of this text covers purification, part two talks about illumination, and part three, perfection. Here in translation from the original Romanian, the text retains its informal and conversational style.
Staniloae notes, “Orthodox spirituality has as its goal the deification of man and his union with God, without being merged with Him. It has as a basic conviction the existence of a personal God, who is the supreme source of radiating love. He prizes man and doesn’t want to confuse him with himself, but maintains and raises him to an eternal dialogue of love.”
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Dumitru Staniloae (1903–1993) was a Romanian Orthodox presbyter, theologian, and professor. He received honorary doctorates from the University of Thessaloniki, the Saint-Serge Orthodox Institute in Paris, the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade, and the University of Bucharest. He also wrote Dogmatic Orthodox Theology.