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By Polycarp Sherwood

The Ascetic existence is a discussion among a tender beginner and an previous monk on tips to in achieving the Christian existence. The 4 Centuries is a suite of aphorisms.

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The whole is presented as being carried out under the influence of grace. 205 In a word, for the spiritual man neither sense nor reason operates on its own account but only as contributing to and under the influence of the higher power. The mind, on the other hand, employs sense and reason, but also operates absolutely. org/access_use#pd-google summit of prayer. The term then of becoming is substance which has its powers and operations—of the mind, of the reason, of sense. These are moved and move towards the end, which is God.

Once more the disposition is triadic; the general motions are those of mind, reason, and sense. The whole is presented as being carried out under the influence of grace. 205 In a word, for the spiritual man neither sense nor reason operates on its own account but only as contributing to and under the influence of the higher power. The mind, on the other hand, employs sense and reason, but also operates absolutely. org/access_use#pd-google summit of prayer. The term then of becoming is substance which has its powers and operations—of the mind, of the reason, of sense.

194 The impassible, the perfect-in- itselfzre none other than God Himself. 195 It is at once obvious that the Maximian triad—becoming, motion, fixity—in no way reduces the extent of the Origenist, that largeness of cosmic view. The Maximian goes from creation to the final consummation; it provides the framework for the whole of his anthropology. It will be useful then to consider more closely two points con- cerning this triad: how is the result of this becoming to be conceived; and, what is the type of motion proper to the rational creature?

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