Spiritual Synergy

We Receive salvation by grace and as a divine gift of the Spirit.  But to attain the full measure of virtue we need also to possess faith and love, and to struggle to exercise our free will with integrity.  In this manner we inherit eternal life as a consequence of both grace and justice.  We do not reach the final stage of spiritual maturity through divine power and grace alone, without ourselves making any effort; but neither on the other hand do we attain the final measure of freedom and purity as a result of our own diligence and strength alone, apart from any divine assistance.  If the Lord does not build the house, it is said, and protect the city, in vain does the watchman keep awake, and in vain do the laborer and builder work (Ps. 127:14)  

St Macarius 

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