Eriugena, Johannes Scotus - Homilia on the Prologue to the John Gospel – On purification
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
Eriugena, Johannes Scotus - Homilia on the Prologue to the John Gospel
Ceasing to be children of human beings and beginning to be children of God, they [the spiritually regenerated] leave behind them the world of vices, destroying these in themselves, holding before their mental eyes the world of virtues, longing with all their strength to ascend there. Thus the true Light illumines those who enter this world of virtue, not those who flee into the world of vices.
To those who receive Him, He gave the power to become sons of God.... For the possibility of believing in the Son of God and of becoming a son of God is denied to no one—for this is made of the human will, together with the cooperation of divine Grace.
In case you are tempted to say that it is impossible that mortals should become immortals, that corruptible beings should become free of corruption, that simple human beings should become Sons of God, and that temporal creatures should possess eternity... accept the argument that faith prepares for what you doubt....