‘Blessed are we, hallowed Christians, for the Lord hath desired so to be united with us that His life is become ours.’
No success or temporary well-being can bring genuine peace if we continue ignorant of Truth. There are not many people with enough spiritual courage to step aside from the trite path followed by the herd. Courage is born of steadfast belief in Christ-God. ‘This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith’ (1 John 5.4)…Throwing ourselves into the unknown means trusting to God, having let go of all hope in the great ones of the earth and setting off in search of a new life in which first place is given to Christ.
Those who are not reborn from on High will never understand those who are. There appears to be nothing outstanding about Christians, who may often seem morbid or hypocritical. The regenerated soul is more sensitive to all spiritual phenomena- more deeply wounded by all that is contrary to divine love: by calumny, violence, murder and so on. Together with this, a patient attitude to every ordeal makes the regenerated soul more able to apprehend the ‘wisdom that is from above’ (Jas. 3.17).Prayer is like a strong hand clinging fast to God’s raiment, at all times and in all places: in the turmoil of the crowd, in the pleasant hours of leisure, in periods of loneliness.
O God and Father, …Renew our nature, by Thy Word abiding in us, and make us the temple of Thy Holy Spirit, that being ever guarded by Thy might we may give glory to Thee in a worthy manner, now and for ever.
Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov (2001) (2nd ed.) His Life is Mine.