|One of my children entering into the baptismal waters.|
Well for someone who wasn't going to talk about baptism, it looks like I did. Next post will be about these people, the saints who were all martyrs of one sort or another. (And by martyrs I don't mean people that strap a bomb to their chest and jump onto a bus. The word martyr has been usurped and perverted.) No, these men and women were dead to the pleasures and deceits of this world and lived their lives with the end in mind, that is, physical death followed by eternal life.
See you soon!
*a note on grace. Grace, when used in the Orthodox Church, does not mean "good favor". It specifically refers to the actual divine energy of God. It is an infusion of God's energy through the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity. Here's an official definition of grace from the book The Incarnate God, Volume I:
Grace: it is love, the gift of God, which bestows his divinity on us through his energies, in order to make us partakers of divine nature (2 Peter 1:4). The Fathers of the Church insist on the fact that God bestows his grace, but it is up to man to receive it and make it operative. (page 181)