SFÂNTUL SIMEON NOUL TEOLOG ȘI EXPERIENȚA PERSONALĂ A VEDERII LUMINII DIVINE
ST. SYMEON THE NEW THEOLOGIAN AND HIS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE OF SEEING THE DIVINE LIGHT

Ioan CHIRILĂ, Facultatea de Teologie Ortodoxă, Universitatea "Babes-Bolyai", Cluj-Napoca, ROMANIA, Stelian PAȘCA-TUȘA
2021 Revista Românească de Studii Axiologice  
Saint Symeon is one of the most representative Eastern theologians and mystics. His speech on God and the knowledge of heavenly realities through direct, unmitigated experience would gain him the title of "the New Theologian", which, until him, had only belonged to Saint John the Evangelist and Saint Gregory of Nazianzus. Therefore, his writings have greatly influenced the Christian East. Saint Symeon has been perceived as a renewer of the tradition of spiritual life and a restorer of the lost
more » ... storer of the lost or rather neglected spiritual life. In this study, we aim to highlight his experiences in which he partook of the sight of divine light. These mystical episodes marked his life and decisively influenced the way he related to God and to the spiritual life to which Christians must adhere. We will first present these experiences of heavenly light from a chronological point of view, starting with those from the period when he was a layman and culminating with those from Saint Mamas Monastery. Our main aim is to see how each of these mystical experiences has marked his spiritual evolution. We will see that these experiences have helped Saint Symeon reach deeper within the mystery of communion to the One Who is Light and Who is calling everyone to be like Him.
doi:10.26520/rrsa.2021.2.3.46-59 fatcat:fyb5djkyxje5hmt3epowxej4ue