Let us turn our eyes to the Father and Creator of the universe, and… contemplate his purposes in creation, and consider how free from all anger He is toward His creatures and the total absence of any friction that marks the ordering of His whole creation.
[In the future], men will become poor because they will not have a love for trees…. If you don’t love trees, you don’t love God.
Saint Nikephoros of Chios (1750 - 1821)Quoted in ″The Life of St. Nikephoros of Chios″ by Constantine Cavarnos
It is not in a specific place, nor in a privileged temple, nor on certain celebrations or chosen days, but in every instant of life, in all places that the Christian proclaims his thanksgiving. Going through our life as in a celebration, certain that God is always everywhere, we sing while we work, we travel to the singing of hymns, we conduct ourselves in everything as citizens of heaven.
St. Clement of Alexandria
The mystical way in Orthodoxy requires as a necessary stage the contemplation of nature, a vision of “the secrets of the glory of God which is hidden in beings and things,” to quote a great mystic who was both an Arab and a Christian, St. Isaac the Syrian.
Patriarch Ignatius IV of Antioch (1921-2012)in ″The Sprituality of the Creation,″ March 11. 1989, Lausanne, Switzerland.
The contemplation of nature abates the fever of the soul, and banishes all insincerity and presumption.
St. Basil the Great (329 - 379)in ″The Greek Patristic View of Nature″ by D.B. Wallace-Hadrill
No duty is more urgent than that of returning thanks.
St. Ambrose of Milan
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The Orthodox Fellowship of the Transfiguration (OFT) exists to hallow God’s Name “on earth as it is in heaven” by seeking the transfiguration of creation through the activation of the Christian calling toward transfigured life. In the context of the liturgical life of the Church, the OFT seeks to help extend the transfiguring activity of the sacraments into all creation through ascetic practice, the keeping of the commandments, and the acquisition of virtue, thus restoring the beauty and integrity of God’s earthly temple. Find out more . . .
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Be at peace with your soul; then heaven and earth will be at peace with you. Enter eagerly into the treasure house that is within you, and so you will see the things that are in heaven; for there is but one single entry to them both. The ladder that leads to the kingdom is hidden within your soul. Flee from sin, dive into yourself, and in your soul you will discover the stairs by which to ascend.
~ St. Isaac the Syrian (640? – eighth century), Mystic Treatises