This morning we were clearing out the garage and cleaning the patio, I took time out to photograph the old French roses. The Rose bushes we were going to cut down last year, due to them being old. Somehow we could never could bring ourselves to do it. I am selling my beautiful house here in France, so expect the next owner will cut down the old roses along with so many other trees and plants I cherish… ~ sad really. Just like George Harrison said, “All things Must Pass.”
“As for us, ‘it is of HIS fullness that we have all received’. The essence of God is everywhere, for, as it is said, ‘The Spirit fills all things’, according to essence. Deification is likewise everywhere, ineffably present in the essence and inseparable from it, as it’s natural power. But just as one cannot see fire, if there is no matter to receive it, nor any sense organ capable of perceiving its luminous energy, in the same way one cannot contemplate deification if there is no matter to receive the divine manifestation.
But if with every veil removed it lays hold of appropriate matter, that is of any purified rational nature, freed from the veil of manifold evil, then it becomes itself visible as a spiritual light. ‘The prize of virtue,’ it is said, ‘is to become God, to be illumined by the purest of light, by becoming a son of that day which no darkness can dim. For it is another Sun which produces this day, a Sun which shines forth the true light. And once it has illumined us, it no longer hides itself in the West, but envelops all things with its powerful light. It grants an eternal light to those worthy, and transforms those who participate in this light into other suns’. Then, indeed, ‘the just will shine like the sun’. What sun? Surely that same one which appears even now to those worthy as it did then.”
Gregory of Palamas – the Triads (Trans: Nicholas Gandle Paulist Press)