It must be resisted as foreign to the spirit of the New Testament. A more hopeful prospect is an Orthodox Church with a revitalised patristic, liturgical and monastic tradition; firmly established throughout the world; engaging in a positive yet authentically Orthodox dialogue with the various institutions of the modern world. This, we dare to say, is modern Orthodox spirituality, which we hope will increasingly prevail in the actual communities of the Orthodox Christians.
Spirituality, we began by reminding ourselves, is a study in discernment as to how the Spirit of God is guiding the church which it has called into being. New life comes in unexpected ways and in unforeseen places. 'The wind blows where it chooses and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit' (John3:8). The re-emergence ofthe church after communism, the flourishing of monasticism, the supply of ascetics and martyrs - such gifts to the church cannot be predicted or their continuing supply relied on. In noting the presence of the signs of life in the church, we realise that its life depends on the presence of God in its midst and also that we can be confident that future movements of the Spirit may be unpredictable in their nature but can be trusted to be given generously.
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