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“The spiritual value of prayer has to do with the fact that it is the dominant force in the shaping of our personality. Through the discipline of prayer we build noble character and we are constantly reminded of God and hence faith is reinforced and our soul receives wholeness by being brought closer to the Creator.” (Rev. Fr. Theodore E. Ziton)


“The more we let God take us over, the more truly ourselves we become - because He made us. He invented us. He invented all the different people that you and I were intended to be. . .It is when I turn to Christ, when I give up myself to His personality, that I first begin to have a real personality of my own.” (C. S. Lewis)


“First and foremost we understand that faith changes the heart…Second, faith reconfigures behavior…Third, faith in the living God re-orders the entire personality…The further the enemy can distort our personality, the more our sense of closeness to Jesus is affected, and the less the fruit of the Holy Spirit is able to operate in our life.” (Dynamis 3/21/2018, Frank Hammond)


“…human personality, which expresses itself through culture, is not reducible to mere individuality as member and number of the species Homo sapiens. Individuality belongs solely to material, spatial, and temporal existence, while personality pertains to spirit. Personality is the human being created in the image and likeness of God. Spirit may exist without individuality; thus, the Godhead is triune personality but is not individuated.” (Vigen Guroian)


“a "mature personality" is one that is so integrated that "all motivation seems to be centered in one master sentiment."…The practical meaning of this is that more psychologically mature individuals will be able to better determine the value of the choices. Conversely, people with the "less-well-integrated personalities" will be more likely to have irreconcilable motives…personality integration is "the development of a fairly consistent system of preferences, a sense of the relative importance of various potential goals."… St Paul tells the Ephesians (6:13): "Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand." The armor which may aid us in making Godly decisions at the conflict choice points of our daily lives would be an integrated personality enlivened by the spiritually developed heart integrated around God's love and will. This would help us fulfill St. Paul's counsel to the Romans (12:2):  "Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Fr. George Morelli)


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