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from the Spiritual Homilies 4, 7, 15, 22, Translated by Elpenor 
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If love of carnal union separates from father, mother, brothers, and all that belong to these relations become outward in the husband's mind, and if he loves them, he loves them with the outward part of his mind, while all his intention and wish is turned to his wife – because it is said, “for that, a person will abandon father and mother and will be attached to the wife and they will become both one flesh” – if then carnal love so much detaches from all love, how much more they who received the worthiness of that holy, heavenly and dear Spirit, to participate in the Spirit truly, will be detached from all wordly love, and everything to them will appear unnecessary, because they are defeated by heavenly desire and united with that desire. Their wish lies in that place, their mind, their life, their thoughts walk up there; it is there that the mind has its dwelling place, overcome by the godly and heavenly love and spiritual desire.

Makarios, Spiritual Speeches, 4

Εἰ γὰρ σαρκικῆς κοινωνίας ἀγάπη χωρίζει πατρός, μητρός, ἀδελφῶν, καὶ πάντα ἐξώτερα αὐτῶν γίγνεται ἐν τῷ νῷ, καὶ εἰ ἀγαπᾷ, ἐξωτέρως ἀγαπᾷ, τὴν δὲ διάθεσιν αὐτοῦ πᾶσαν εἰς τὴν σύνοικον αὐτοῦ κέκτηται, - «ἀντὶ τούτου» γάρ φησι «καταλείψει ἄνθρωπος τὸν πατέρα καὶ τὴν μητέρα καὶ προσκολληθήσεται τῇ γυναικί, καὶ ἔσονται οἱ δύο εἰς σάρκα μίαν». Εἰ οὖν ἡ τῆς σαρκὸς ἀγάπη οὕτω λύει πάσης ἀγάπης, πόσῳ μᾶλλον ὅσοι κατηξιώθησαν ἐκείνου τοῦ ἁγίου καὶ ἐπουρανίου καὶ ἀγαπητοῦ Πνεύματος, ἐξ ἀληθείας κοινωνῆσαι πάσης ἀγάπης κόσμου λυθήσονται καὶ πάντα περισσὰ αὐτοῖς καταφανήσεται τῷ νενικῆσθαι αὐτοὺς τῷ οὐρανίῳ πόθῳ καὶ τῇ τρώσει αὐτοῦ ἡνῶσθαι. Ἐκεῖ γὰρ ἐπιποθοῦσιν, ἐκεῖ λογίζονται, ἐκεῖ ζῶσιν, ἐκεῖ οἱ λογισμοὶ αὐτῶν περιπατοῦσιν, ἐκεῖ ὁ νοῦς πάντοτε τὴν διατριβὴν ἔχει νενικημένος τῷ θείῳ καὶ οὐρανίῳ ἔρωτι καὶ πόθῳ πνευματικῷ.  

Cf. PLATO : We are a heavenly flower, Becoming like God ||| ORIGEN : Let our whole life be a life of prayer ||| GREGORY THE THEOLOGIAN : God with Gods is being united ||| CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA : Becoming Temples of God ||| GREGORY PALAMAS : Calling everything near Him

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