Gregory Palamas

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There exists a kind of knowledge that is without love. It does not purify the psyche in any way, but kills it, as it lacks the love that is the head, the body, and very root of all virtue.

Gregory Palamas (1296–1359) was a monk of Mount Athos in Greece and later the archbishop of Thessaloniki, known as a preeminent theologian of Hesychasm. The teachings embodied in his writings defending Hesychasm against the attack of Barlaam are sometimes referred to as Palamism, and his followers as Palamites. Palamas is venerated as a Saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Quotes[edit]

  • Anyone who considers himself guilty before God and repents must believe that the reproach and contempt of others towards him is just and to be endured.
    • Homilies (Mount Tabor Publishing), p. 13

To the Most Reverend Nun Xenia (c. 1344)[edit]

in Philokalia, as translated and edited by G. E. H. Palmer, Philip Sherrard and Kallistos Ware (1979), Vol. 4

  • The soul completely dominated by its desire for spiritual instruction is never sated.

    It is because of this that Wisdom says of herself, 'Those who eat Me will still be hungry' (Eccles. 24:21); while the Lord, who has instilled this divine desire in the soul, says of Mary who chose 'what is best' that it will not be taken away from her (cf. Luke 10:42).

    • p. 295
  • As the separation of the soul from the body is the death of the body, so the separation of God from the soul is the death of the soul. And this death of the soul is the true death.
    • p. 296

Holy Hesychia: The Stillness that Knows God[edit]

as translated by Robin Amis (Praxis Research Institute: 2016)
  • The summit of evil, the crime most natural to the devil, pride, was born of knowledge. But if this is so, how can it be possible that all the passions result from ignorance? Does knowledge purify the psyche? Paul says: Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up (1 Corinthians 8:1).
    • p. 33
  • Do you see? There exists a kind of knowledge that is without love. It does not purify the psyche in any way, but kills it, as it lacks the love that is the head, the body, and very root of all virtue.
    • p. 33

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