(1st-2nd century)

   As the tree is known by its fruits, so they who claim to belong to Christ are known by their actions; for this work of ours does not consist in just making professions, but in a faith that is both practical and lasting.  Indeed, it is better to keep quiet and be, than to make fluent professions and not be.  No doubt it is a fine thing to instruct others, but only if the speaker practises what he preaches. One such Teacher there is: the one who “spoke the word and it was made” (Psalm 32); and what he achieved even in his silences was well worthy of the Father.  One who has truly mastered the utterances of Jesus will also be able to apprehend his silence, and thus reach spiritual maturity, so that his own words have the force of actions and his silences the significance of speech.  Nothing is hidden from the Lord; even our most secret thoughts are ever present to him.  Whatever we do, then, let it be done as though he himself were dwelling within us… for in fact, that is literally the case; and in proportion as we rightly love him, so it will become clear to our eyes.  

In their many different idioms the classical spiritual writers have attempted to throw light on the eternal question of union with God. 
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