Dionysius the Areopagite (circa 1st century A.D.)

Saint Dionysius the Areopagite (circa 1st century A.D.) was a judge at the Areopagus Court in Athens. As related in the Acts of the Apostles, he was converted to Christianity by the preaching of Paul the Apostle during the Areopagus sermon. After his conversion, Dionysius became the first Bishop of Athens. He is venerated as a saint in Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Christianity. He is the patron saint of Athens and is venerated as the protector of the Judges and the Judiciary.

Dionysius the Areopagite Quote – “Exercise yourself unceasingly in mystical contemplation…”

Exercise yourself unceasingly in mystical contemplation. Abandon feelings. Renounce intellectual activities. Reject all that belongs to the perceptible and the intelligible. Strip yourself totally of non-being and being and lift yourself as far as you are able to the point of being united in unknowing with Him who is beyond all being and all knowledge. For it is by passing […]

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