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palamas2“God did not form the whole man and matter and the other elements which form the sensible world as He did the other animals; rather He made only man’s body from these materials, but his soul He took from things supercelestial, even from God Himself by means of an ineffable in-breathing [via God’s uncreated energies]. The soul is great and wondrous, surpassing the entire physical world which surrounds him and which he was ordained to govern. The soul knows God and receives Him and manifests Him . . . and by Grace the soul is able to unite hypostatically with Him after a struggle to achieve that privilege …. ”

—St Gregory Palamas