“Christianity is a religion of revelation. The Divine reveals its glory only to those who have been perfected through virtue. Christianity teaches perfection through virtue and demands that its followers become holy and perfect. It disapproves of and opposes those who are under the influence of the imagination… Without grace, without revelation, no man, even the most virtuous, can transcend the flesh and the world.”

(St Nektarios of Aegina, collected quotes by Fr Serfes)