St. Gregory of Sinai
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But some virtues are greater than others, embracing and comprising in themselves a great many, or possibly even all, other virtues. Such as—Divine love, humility and Divine patience.
St. Gregory of Sinai
It [icon] is unique spiritual phenomenon, a bridge between the Heaven and the Earth.
Inspiration from on High depends to an considerable extent on us—on whether we open our hearts so that the Lord—the Holy Spirit Who ‘stands at the door and knocks’ does not have to enter forcibly…The Lord preserves the freedom of those created in his image.
Saint Sophrony the Athonite
The only way for us to regain our balance within creation is to once again find our balance with the natural world.
It is true that God stands with God’s people through every trial, but not so that they will sit comfortably with the privilege of apparent divine favor.
Rev. Stephanie Spellers, quoted in www.cac.org
Hope, you see is a slippery thing, often confused with certainty, seldom understood as the spiritual discipline that makes us certain of only one thing: in the end, whatever happens will be resolved only by the doing of the will of God, however much we attempt to wrench it to our own ends.
The mixture of sorrow and joy is so powerful that we cannot figure out how to handle it all, let alone assess how our fellow spiritual seekers are doing. The diversity of feelings can be overwhelming. And yet, in those moments when we sense the presence of God, we surrender to him, truly willing to be with him, with all our heart, with all our soul, and with all our strength.
Julian of Norwich (1343–c. 1416)
The Easter of the soul is not riot and drunkenness of spirit, but a discovery of order—above all, order—a discovery of God and all things in him.
Everyone who has ever lived, who will ever live, will someday undergo a Holy Saturday of their own. Someday we will all know the power of overwhelming loss when life as we know it changes, when all hope dies in midflight. Then, and only then, can we begin to understand the purpose of Holy Saturday.