Reflection

by Scott D. Hendricks

For this is the safest way to protect the good things you enjoy:  by realizing how much your Creator has honored you above all other creatures. He did not make the heavens in His image, nor the moon, nor the sun, nor the beauty of the stars, nor anything else which surpasses all understanding. You alone are a likeness of Eternal Beauty, and if you look at Him, you will become what He is, imitating Him who shines within you, whose glory is reflected in your purity. Nothing in all creation can equal your grandeur. All the heavens can fit in the palm of God’s hand . . . and though he is so great . . . you can wholly embrace Him. He dwells within you. . . . He pervades your entire being.

~ 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), 162-163

Quoted by Thomas Hopko, All the Fulness of God (Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1982), 23.