Can anyone pray to be filled with the the fire of divine love?
Or is the bestowal of this fire solely beyond the influence of man?
Please refer to Richard Rolle of Hampole. (Yorkshire, England: c 1290/1300 - 1349)
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Posted 17 March 2014 - 01:26 PM
This site is for Orthodoxy through Patristic, Monastic & Liturgical Study. Richard Rolle was not Orthodox, and the concept of 'divine fire' in the context of prayer is not an Orthodox concept; we speak rather of theosis and experience of the uncreated light, but this is a gift and Orthodox hesychasts do not seek states.
Edited by Andreas Moran, 17 March 2014 - 01:26 PM.
Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:12 PM
In fairness, some Orthodox Fathers do speak of 'fire' in the sense of that which burns up sins, and as one way of alluding to the warmth the soul feels when grace visits, but an experience of the divine light goes beyond this. St Symeon the New Theologian calls the uncreated light a divine fire though he does so in an apophatic way and calls it much else besides. For the great Orthodox hesychasts, the overwhelming emphasis is on the uncreated energies of God being experienced as light.
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