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On Authentic Faith with St. John of Damascus

“God is not interested in what happens to turn out to be good or in what appears to be good. He is interested in the purpose for which a thing is done. As the holy fathers say, when the intellect forgets the purpose of a religious observance, the outward practice of virtue loses its value. For whatever is done indiscriminately and without purpose is not only of no benefit – even though good in itself – but actually does harm.”

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Vladimir Lossky on Theology and Mysticism

“If the mystical experience is a personal working out of the content of the common faith, theology is an expression, for the profit of all, of that which can be experienced by everyone.  Outside the truth kept by the whole Church personal experience would be deprived of all certainty, of all objectivity.  It would be a mingling of truth and falsehood, of reality and of illusion: ‘mysticism’ in the bad sense of the word.  On the other hand, the teaching of the Church would have no hold on souls if it did not in some degree express an inner experience of truth, granted in different measure to each one of the faithful.  There is, therefore, no Christian mysticism without theology; but, above all, there is no theology without mysticism.” – Vladimir Lossky