Spiritual progress is continual

Fr Mario Attard OFM Cap

On Friday May 20, at the Augustinian Institute in Pieta, I had the joy of attending an interesting lecture given by Fr Johnatan Farrugia on the life and theology of St Gregory of Nyssa. His well prepared lecture prompted me to delve deeper into a key concept in St Gregory’s theology, namely epektasis.

In his famous work the Life of Moses, this fourth century Bishop wrote: “And so every desire for the Beautiful which draws us on in this ascent is intensified by the soul’s very progress towards it. And this is the real meaning of seeing God: never to have this desire satisfied. But fixing our eyes on those things which help us to see, we must ever keep alive in us the desire to see more and more. And so no limit can be set to our progress towards God: first of all, because no limitation can be put on uponthe Beautiful, and secondly because the increase in our desire for the Beautiful cannot be stopped by any sense of satisfaction”. Continue reading “Spiritual progress is continual”