Hieromartyr Dionysius the Areopagite
(died around 96)
“He was born in the 1st century AD and specifically 9 years after the birth of Christ, in the city of Athens and lived the years of the Emperor Domitian. Initially, he was a pagan and due to his high education, he was a member of the “Areopagus” Supreme Court in Athens (hence the name Areopagitis).
According to the Synaxarial tradition, Saint Dionysios traveled to Heliopolis, Egypt, and his journey coincided with the crucifixion of Christ. So, on that Good Friday at the time of the crucifixion, although it was noon, as is well known from the Scriptures, the sun hid and darkness came over all the land. Seeing this phenomenon, Saint Dionysius said: “God suffers or is always despondent” (“God suffers or is lost all”).”
Note: There are ongoing debates in patrology about the authorship of Corpus Areopagiticum. Those texts are often published as texts by “Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite”.
“Exercise yourself unceasingly in mystical contemplation. Abandon feelings. Renounce intellectual activities. Reject all that belongs to the perceptible and the intelligible. Strip yourself totally of non-being and being and lift yourself as far as you are able to the point of being united in unknowing with Him who is beyond all being and all knowledge. For it is by passing beyond everything, yourself included, irresistibly and completely, that you will be exalted in pure ecstasy right up to the dark splendour of the divine Superessence, after having abandoned all, and stripped yourself of everything.”