the goal of human life
The goal of human life is not spirituality or religion, liturgical or ascetically regimes, but the living God Himself. It tells us that life is communion with God: personal, direct, immediate, real, painful, peaceful and joyful. It tells us that ceaseless prayer in pursuit of God and communion with Him is not simply life’s meaning or goal, the one thing worth living for, but it is life itself. It tells us that Jesus Christ is this life, and that constant, continual, ceaseless prayer in His name opens the door to Divine reality and puts us in immediate contact with the One who is the source, substance and goal of our life and our very life itself.
Father Thomas Hopko
from The Way of the Pilgrim : Introduction