Today I did the fifth lecture about Mystic Theology Orthodox (a intermediate course online, just here, on blog) and I spoken about ecstasy in our orthodox life. If a Romanian orthodox, from your perish, will wish to translate for your Reverence my note, I will be very satisfied.
But I will make a very little resume for your Reverence.
Ecstasy is a real experience, in which we see the light of God. It is not a fantasy, is not an actually dream, but a personal and real experience, that you can tell to others. The content of this divine experience is a gift of God and at each Saint it is a personal revelation of divine things.
Because of this ecstasy is not a literature, is not a philosophy, is not a metaphorical speech,but an evidence, an inner evidence, received by the holiness of life. In Romania the problem is a nebulously aspect of Theology because the majority believes that there is no need of mystic experience or theological knowledge in order to be a Orthodox Christian. But for us it is an essential problem, because spiritual experience is the center of our life.
For me the work on this blog is a struggle for Theology and spiritual experience and in my doctoral dissertation, that I am about to finish, I try a description of our scriptural and patristic ecstasy experiences, for a properly understanding of the dimension of Orthodox Church experience in postmodern world.
It is a restoration, my work, a right understanding of orthodox godliness and a capacity of a theological description of our miracles’ treasure of the Church.
Father Stephen, this is an invitation at experience and humbleness for us and for a prodigious co-operation between us.
Unworthy Father Dorin,
20 December 2006.