Contemplation

by Scott D. Hendricks

Since according to the holy theologians the mind is an image of God, the more the loving mind ascends to its beloved God through the contemplation of His Divine perfections, the more God Who is loved condescends from His height towards the loving mind, and becomes united with it, deifies it and fills it with gifts.  And thus through the ascent to God is achieved the blessed and marvellous union and contact of God with the mind, of the beloved with the lover, of the archetype with image.

~ St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite

Constantine Cavarnos, Modern Orthodox Saints vol. 3: St. Nicodemos the Hagiorite (Belmont: Institute for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, 1974), 135-136.