A high degree of purity

60. Someone told me of an extraordinarily high degree of purity. He said: ‘A certain man (St. Nonnus bishop of Heliopolis) on seeing a beautiful body, thereupon glorified the Creator, and from that one look he was moved to the love of God and to a fountain of tears. And it was wonderful to see how what would have been a cause of destruction for one was for another the supernatural cause of a crown.’ If such a person always feels and behaves in the same way on similar occasions, then he has risen immortal before the general resurrection.

St. John Climacus, The Ladder of Divine Ascent, Step 15

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