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“All the power possessed by the Lord is bestowed upon the apostles! [Matthew 10:5-8]. Those who were prefigured in the image and likeness of God in Adam have now received the perfect image and likeness of Christ. They have been given powers in no way different from those of the Lord. Those once earthbound now become heaven-centered.” (St. Hilary of Poitiers)


“…the degenerative power of pride, or egocentrism, blinds us to the goodness, truth, and beauty of the cosmos of which we are a part. Our vision is blurred by our taking things for granted. We don’t see the beauty of the tree, or the beauty of the flower, or the beauty of the sunset, because our vision is too centered upon ourselves…The healthy Christian lifestyle is the one where we choose to “die” to sinful life habits on a daily basis and to live with Christ at the center. The more we die materially, and the more we die to our own sense of self (ego), the more we are alive spiritually!” (Joseph Pearce, Fr. Stavros N. Akrotirianakis)


“Every Christian undergoes a lifelong series of surrenders which wean us away from the material-centered life into which we were born and reshape us into persons wholly submitted to Christ our God. Surrender to Him is a commitment that supersedes all other loyalties. This way of life forms an unshakable bond between ourselves and Christ as Master.” (Dynamis 5/5/2020)


“Communion with God and communion with others are realizations of the same Center. And this Center, according to the ancient definition, is everywhere. “God is that reality whose center is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere…The center of all joy is Jesus Christ—the word-speaking prophet, the sacrifice-offering priest, and the peace-bringing king. For those who live in the joyful expectation of his return, the offices of Christ set the pattern for our present service to his kingdom.” (Martin Laird, Blaise Pascal, Philip Ryken)


“Every fact we discover about the world is seen in the light of the fundamental conviction that the world is a purposefully created place made by a personal and infinite God who has made us in His image and communicated His existence to us in nature, in history, through the prophets and apostles (spokesmen who speak to us intelligibly about these truths), and ultimately through Christ, who is the Source, the Center, and the Key of all.” (Donald Williams)


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