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“In the material world there are many things that correspond to those of the spiritual world, because the material world is also the creation of the Spirit…we have a physical existence every much a part of who we are as is our spiritual existence: we are being redeemed both in body and soul." (St. John of Krondstat, Father Spyridon Baily)

“Most of the countless books, videos, and training programs that guarantee successful life management ask you to use your God-given dynamism in a way that separates the material and spiritual realities of your life. When these two realities become distinct categories with no connection, we live our lives in delusion and fail to see and hear God in everyday life.” (Kevin Scherer)

“We were never meant to divide the spiritual from the physical. This separation is a result of the Fall. The spiritual and the physical are all part of God’s creation and reflect His glory. When we separate them, we create all sorts of practical barriers to authentic faith and practice. In essence, we assert we believe, but don’t put that belief into practice.” (Father Barnabas Powell)

“We have a habit of abstracting things (particularly in our modern era). We constantly read texts about things and immediately want to leap to the ideas that they raise. Somehow, we never seem to understand that the ideas are actually embodied in the things.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

"...the Church’s perspective is not dualistic, but rather sees that the spiritual and material parts of man are both in need of transfiguration and redemption. Man is not saved without the body; through the body he has his being and life. Our quest is not a mental salvation that we seek in the Church through our thoughts about God; such thinking is rationalistic Scholastic theology and can result in a schism of soul and body, perverting our perception of reality." (Archimandrite Sergius)

“The truth about Jesus is that He is both God and man, both spiritual and physical; and the salvation that He offers is both for the soul and the body. Any group or teaching that emphasizes soul at the expense of body, or body at the expense of soul, is in danger of distorting Jesus’ Good News.” (Life Application Study Bible, Luke 9:2)

“As the man consists of a soul and body, so, correspondingly, there are double means for supporting his life - spiritual and bodily ones. Those for supporting the bodily life are air, food, drink, light and warmth, and those for supporting the spiritual life, prayer (like air), reading the word of God, the life-giving Sacrament, and pious meditations.” (St. John of Krondstat)

“The universe exists as an act of communion. Communion is the proper form of true existence…Spirit is not the opposite of matter, and material is not the opposite of spiritual. Creation is not the mere arena of our salvation – it is an eager participant, groaning for its fulfillment (Romans 8:21-23)…For creation itself is icon and sacrament, God’s gift in a good world.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

“...I do not see how we could have come to know the greatness of God without that hint furnished by the greatness of the material universe.” (C. S. Lewis)

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