Spirituality

The Word became flesh to make us ‘partakers of the divine nature’ [2 Pet 1:4]

– For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God. [St. Irenaeus, Adv. haeres]

– For the Son of God became man so that we might become God. [St. Athanasius, De inc.]

– The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods. [St. Thomas Aquinas, Opusc.]

(Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 460)

Eastern Churches recognize one spirituality to which we are all called, with different degrees of intensity. We are invited to live the very life of God, to become intimately related to God – “partakers of the divine nature” (2 Pt 1:4), to be physically united to Christ and to have the Holy Spirit dwell within us. Eastern Christian spirituality stresses:

  1. A profound and humble respect for the Holy Mysteries of God
  2. Awareness of our call to be divinized
  3. A focus on the reality of divinization, the partaking the divine nature of the Triune God
  4. A ‘public’ life of liturgical worship, fellowship and service
  5. A ‘secret’ life of prayer, fasting and sharing

Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life. [Cf. Jn 1:12-18; Jn 17:3; Rom 8:14-17; 2 Pet 1:3-4]

(Catechism of the Catholic Church [CCC] 1996)