Friday, October 28, 2005


Amidst all the weal and woe, this reminder about personalness and human community comes from one of the most compelling exponents of the Eastern Orthodox spiritual tradition:

The isolated individual is not a real person. A real person is one who lives in and for others. And the more personal relationships we form with others, the more we truly realize ourselves as persons. ... This idea of openness to others could be summed up under the word love. By love, I don’t mean merely an emotional feeling, but a fundamental attitude. In its deepest sense, love is the life, the energy, of God in us. We are not truly personal as long as we are turned in on ourselves, isolated from others. We only become personal if we face other persons, and relate to them.

Kallistos Ware, courtesy of the Daily Dig.

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