My first question is: what do we call it when someone, on account of the grace of God, feels great love, peace, and joy? Do we call these emotions? Are they something else? How different are they from regular human emotions?
2nd question: According to the experience of the Holy Fathers, is it considered safe to try to use human emotions to invoke the grace of God, or is it considered dangerous?
(let's assume for the sake of the question that we are referring to actual gifts of the Holy Spirit, recognizing that in most cases Christians (myself included) are too quick to label emotional experiences as the "grace" of God)
Edited by Christina M., 23 January 2011 - 07:26 PM.
Added 2nd question