Answers of the Great Masters of the Spiritual Life to the
Questions of Their Disciples.
Disciple: Who is the true man?
Master: He who has understood that
his body is corruptible and short-lived and that he has a soul that
is immortal that is joined to the body to be tested..
if a man rightly understands this. . .
He will lead a life pleasing to God, not trusting nor
indulging his body.
is reason for?
man may look at the world and all things in it and through them
apprehend Him who has created all for his sake.
is reason distorted?
man through unrighteousness does not understand the purpose of God's
creation and, as a consequence, disbelieves God and embraces what is
contrary to truth.
What is possible and impossible to man?
To avoid death is impossible to man. To be united to God is
How is union with God attained?
Through faith testified by a good life.
Anthony: On the Saintly Life"