"We are here for communion with God who is Love, the One in whose image and likeness each one of us is made. We find this communion by loving as God loves us.
...Each person accepts or rejects communion with God in his or her own unique manner. For some the way includes an encounter with Christ. For all it includes the encounter with God's Word and Spirit dwelling within us. There are, in any case, no techniques for its accomplishment. The act of communion comes always as grace. For those who know it, it is not life's meaning, purpose, or goal. It is life itself: God with us making us what God is."
Fr. Thomas Hopko