• Michael Haldas

Transformation


“Because God created all things through Christ, He will transform and reunite all things—material as well as spiritual—to Himself through Christ.” (Orthodox Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:16-17)

“The reality that we see is “transient,” it “passes away.” There is, however, a Reality (the unseen) that is eternal. It is this that cannot be shaken. There is a relationship between the two. When we think of the Incarnation of Christ, we see not the change of the material world (Christ’s flesh is human flesh). We see that which cannot change (the Divine) united to that which changes (the human). It is that which changes that is, in the end, transformed.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“Our New Nature—The term “new nature” refers to the spiritual transformation that occurs within people when they believe in Christ as Savior. New does not mean renewed, renovated, reformed, or rehabilitated. It means completely and distinctly new, with a new family, a new set of values, new motivations, and a whole new life. The old man is still present in the new life and expresses himself in sinful deeds such as lying (Eph. 4:22; Col. 3:9). The new man, to be visible, must be put on, as one would put on a new suit of clothes (Col. 3:10). In other words, the new nature must be cultivated or nurtured by spiritual decisiveness to grow in Christ. We must not revert to putting on the old suit of the former life; rather, we must continue to grow in this new life (Eph. 5:8).” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17)

“Here the words of St. Paul can be properly understood and applied: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. I will all the more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for when I am weak, then I am strong" (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Only in weakness and brokenness can love emerge. The brokenness in the world, often a source of despair, is transformed into an opportunity to empty ourselves (kenosis) from our own passions of pride, greed, lust, anger, gluttony, envy, and sloth and put on Christ - an emptying that reaches fulfillment in love towards God and neighbor.” (Fr. George Morelli)

“Modern man is little more than a flat, self-satisfied utilitarian. And so, his culture is equally so. I don't know when mankind will begin turning away from this reality. But when they will, they will see a truly profound and majestic expanse open up before them—the reality of Christian culture. Before them will appear an entire series of important tasks, including the creation of Christian culture and art. This does not mean destroying all that came before, but creatively transforming it all through the profound depths of a transfigured and free spirit. Secular culture will not be destroyed, then, but will be transfigured and given spiritual depths through free contemplation, the spirit of love, the spirit of organic, sincere form, through a will toward objective perfection.” (Ivan Ilyin)

"Teachers are informational, preachers are inspirational, but reachers are transformational…Our task is to be effective agents of spiritual transformation in people’s lives, whatever that may cost in time, comfort, or image.” (Bill Marianes, David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

“What difference does transformation make? It changes our ideas of spiritual effectiveness. We should measure success not merely by the size of our church or the number of baptisms or decisions, but also by the depth and quality of spiritual growth in people’s lives.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

“Before we can be of any help to anyone on their path to transformation, we must first be transformed ourselves which means the difficult daily commitment and effort of ‘dying to self’ so that Christ can dwell in us.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“As long as we concentrate on the failings of others, inner transformation will elude us…Transformation can begin only when we invite the Great Physician to enter into our hearts and change us…Spiritual transformation takes time...” (Abbot Tryphon)

"Today let me choose the path of self-compassionate change over the dead-end of self-esteem. God does not abandon me on the transformational journey of His cross, when I recognize and ask for the help that I need." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“Most people in America, when they are exposed to the Christian faith, are not being transformed. They take one step into the door, and the journey ends. They are not being allowed, encouraged, or equipped to love or to think like Christ...Transformation is a process, a journey, not a one-time decision.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

“Most people do not have a clear sense of what spiritual transformation is or what it should look like. This is partly understandable because it is an elusive topic. By definition, spiritual formation is about depth rather than simplistic formulas. Yet it is hard to pursue something that is not defined.” (David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons)

"Being religious is less about agreeing to certain propositions or following certain rules, and more about transforming one’s mode of being in the world. Being religious is very much like being an artist." (Aristotle Papanikolaou)

“It is easy to correct deeds. Just do not do it. The heart, however, cannot be transformed and corrected all at once. A struggle lies ahead.” (St. Theophan the Recluse)

“Transformation is necessary for any of us to enter into God’s kingdom...transformation takes place in the heart...The means by which this transformation can take place are provided by God through His Church…Since the goal of the Christian life is transformation in Christ, ridding ourselves of the corrupt and diseased fallen self must begin with the death of the ego.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“It’s all about becoming, not being; it’s about transformation of ourselves and our restoration to holiness, not making God keep a bargain with us to give us what we want or expect. This is because each one of us has a different complex of illnesses, and we respond in different ways to the various spiritual, therapeutic regimens available to us in the Church.” (Abbot Tryphon)

The Church’s term for repentance is the Greek metanoia, which means a change of heart or change of mind. It is to be renewed and transformed inwardly and is both the first step and a continual step in new relationship with God.” (Sacramental Living)

"Living a life of obedience means participating in the likeness of God, a transformative process which will be completed at the resurrection." (Deacon and Fellow Pilgrim)

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