The Blessed Passion of Holy Love: Maximus the Confessor’s Spiritual Psychology

Bronwen Neil

Prayer is a state rather than an activity… prayer is “the state of the soul illuminated solely by the light of the Holy Trinity in ecstasy.” This is the state of spiritual perfection. The irrational parts of the soul are not rejected but redirected: desire is transformed into divine eros, and incensiveness is transformed into divine agape. Thus both desire and anger are reintegrated and the soul can love God in its completeness.

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Originally published in the Australian eJournal of Theology 2 (February 2004). Republished here by kind permission of the author.

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