October 21

To the person who hankers after material things and who steeps himself in sensual pleasure, the heavens are closed, since his spiritual eyes are shrouded; but he who scorns material things and who repudiates them exalts his intellect and perceives the glory of eternal realities and the luminosity of the saints.

Such a person is filled with divine love and becomes a temple of the Holy Spirit; he aspires to do God’s will and is guided by the Spirit of God, being granted divine sonship, blessed by God and conforming to Him. “For all who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God” (Romans 8:14).

~Theoliptos, Metropolitan of Philadelphia

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