Gregory of Nyssa (CWS)

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Here is an award-winning, new translation that brings to light Gregory's complex identity as an early mystic. Gregory (c. 332-395) was one of the Greek Cappadocian Fathers, along with St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory Nazianzen. +

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This book literally changed my life, opening up my mind for the profound contributions that mystical and biblical theology have given the people of God. The idea of the wilderness and its pitfalls for the Christian life have yet to be written about in a meaningful way, especially to those who are spiritual directors or pastors. This is a must read book for all disciplers. I hardily recommend this Catholic theologian to all evangelicals. May our common history benefit us all. The work of Gregory of Nyssa has been invaluable in the quest for biblical perfection, the quest for maturity and transformation. It is helpful to know that the Bible has this kind of journey as the foundation narrative.  



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Page 30 - Just as the end of life is the beginning of death, so also stopping in the race of virtue marks the beginning of the race of evil. Thus our statement that grasping perfection with reference to virtue is impossible was not false, for it has been pointed out that what is marked off by boundaries is not virtue.
Page 12 - But one must always, by looking at what he can see, rekindle his desire to see more. Thus, no limit would interrupt growth in the ascent to God, since no limit to the Good can be found nor is the increasing of desire for the Good brought to an end because it is satisfied.
Page 32 - ... light raised up high or some mountain peak coming into view, in the same way Scripture by the example of Abraham and Sarah may guide again to the harbor of the divine will those adrift on the sea of life with a pilotless mind.

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