‘Homilies on the Song of Songs’

19. “yearning for further vision”

“…the bride is in wonder and amazement at what she is beginning to see, yet she never, for all that, puts an end to her yearning for further vision…”

– Gregory of Nyssa: ‘Homilies on the Song of Songs’

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23. “Always seen as something new, strange, wonder”

It is the same with one who fixes his gaze on the infinite beauty of God. It is constantly being discovered anew, and it is always seen as something new and strange in comparison with what the mind has already understood. And as God continues to reveal himself, man continues to wonder

– Gregory of Nyssa: ‘Homilies on the Song of Songs’

25. “Awareness of hidden things”

Now the doctrine we are taught here is as follows. Our initial withdrawal from wrong and erroneous ideas of God is a transition from darkness to light. Next comes a clear awareness of hidden things, and by this the soul is guided through sense phenomena to the world of the invisible.

– Gregory of Nyssa: ‘Homilies on the Song of Songs’