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“Although this “likeness” does not refer to the outward appearance of a person, but rather to the state of her heart and soul, still it cannot be denied that one is purified, illumined, and experiences theosis [union with God] in mind, soul, spirit, and body. This is why saints’ relics are venerated, since they are vessels of holiness, eternally connected and attached to the holy souls that dwelt within their carnal bodies.” (Constantina R. Palmer)

"It is through the saints that we can come to see that our call in Christ Jesus is real and that it is very possible for us, no matter who we are and what we’ve done and where we are today, to become like they are: exceedingly precious vessels of the Holy Spirit." (Archimandrite Sergius)

“…our Lord specifically calls Peter to the apostolic ministry. Christ goes out of His way to select a man who, by his own admission, is sinful and unworthy of so great a call! Here Christ shows His true understanding of the human condition. Were He to choose perfect and holy men, they would have little sympathy for the failings and weaknesses of others. By choosing imperfect “vessels” to carry His good news, Christ is showing that mercy and forgiveness is available to all who ask.” (Father James Gavrilos)

“The Holy Spirit is realistic about our failings. He gently points out our mistakes and sins, and helps us to change. At times He may powerfully convict us, but He never condemns us…The Holy Spirit will dwell in a vessel that is not totally clean, provided that He has been given access to the central, controlling area of human personality: the heart.” (Derek Prince)

“As believers we will face trials, but we must remember that God controls trials and uses them to strengthen His people. God’s glory is manifested through broken vessels, through people who endure troubles by relying on His power.” (Foundation Study Bible, 2 Corinthians 4:8)

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