"People are confused. They think that the aim of our existence is primarily to become good human beings, or to become moral, socially well-adjusted and well-balanced personalities. This pietistic notion is not the essential purpose of the Ecclesia. It is a gross misconception. What the Ecclesia primarily teaches is means through a human soul may attain Christoification, its saintliness, its union with God. The ultimate goal is to become perfect, to become one with God. Christ didn't come into the world to teach how to become good fellows, how to behave properly, or how to live a righteous life in this world. He came to the world to give us Himself. To show us the way toward our salvation." - Fr. Maximos, Mountain of Silence.
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