by Scott D. Hendricks
All of you mortals . . . do not despair at never being able to behold the degree of the knowledge of God which you can attain. For when God made you, He at once endowed your nature with this perfection. . . . You must then wash away, by a life of virtue, the dirt that came to cling to your heart like plaster, and then your divine beauty will once again shine forth.
~ St. Gregory of Nyssa
J. Danielou and H. Musurillo, From Glory to Glory: Texts from St. Gregory of Nyssa’s Mystical Writings (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1961), 98-102.
Quoted by Thomas Hopko, All the Fulness of God (Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1982), 19.