The connection, for those on the path of theosis, is love. The most telling of spiritual disciplines is how we relate to other people. It’s a marvelously handy spiritual discipline, too, because other people are just about everywhere you look. God puts others in our lives not only for our joy and comfort but also to irritate and provoke us, so that our flaws rise to the surface where we can recognize and deal with them. Love is not easy. If you think you love everybody, you’re probably not letting them get close enough. * In Orthodox usage, a “theologian” is not a person who writes about theology, but a person who has experienced God’s presence directly in prayer, perhaps even seen his Light, the Uncreated Light that existed before the world was made. “If you pray truly, you are a theologian,” said Evagrius Ponticus, aD 345-399 (Treatise on Prayer, 61).
― Frederica Mathewes-Green,
Welcome to the Orthodox Church: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity
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