WORK & PRAYER
ST. PAUL'S & Orthodox Christianity
St. Paul's Foundation is a part of the Orthodox Church. It is part of the ministry left by St. Paul the Apostle who helped provide a foundation of faith for the Gentiles to enter the early Church. According to the Apostle, “as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.” (Gal. 3:27-28). This means that the Church can be experienced by all members with one way of life which is catholic and orthodox. No divisions exist in the Church. No Christians have different obligations. Each person is created by God in His image and likeness. According to the Fathers of the Church, this “likeness” is identical with the Greek word θεοσις (theosis) which means deification. It is the summit of the Christian path which starts with κάθαρσις (catharsis) or purification, continues with θεωρία (theoría) or illumination which allows a proper relationship with God and then ends in the transfiguration of man with θεοσις. Every person, and especially every member of the Church, has this potential. All called to personal holiness. Every honest work can be sanctified.
We are dedicated primarily to the care of souls, especially as Orthodox Christianity is interpreted as a therapeutic protocol to heal the wounds of the mind and heart, and with particular emphasis on the spiritual exercises of the Ladder of Divine Ascent which is the preëminent spiritual manual of the Church. What does this mean? This is nothing less than emphasis on those spiritual technologies given by Christ to create the ability for all to have a direct experience of God and the Uncreated Light as a way to heal the traumas of our age.