Symeon the New Theologian

Symeon the New Theologian
Birth 949
Death 1022

Monk and Hesychast, successor of Macarius the Great and founder of mystic Christianity. He wrote that everyone had the potential to see the uncreated divine light while they were still alive. If they didn’t, life as a Christian would be a whole lot worse than life as a pagan; it would be nothing more than a ‘crucifixion’ of sensuality (we respect his honesty!). It’s not difficult to see this light; you just have to cleanse the mind and heart of all rational thoughts, feelings, passions and sins through strict asceticism and weeping.

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