Archimandrite Vasileios of the Iveron Monastery on Mount Athos says,
The true monk – and by extension the true Christian – is a person from whom a heavenly peace and spiritual fragrance constantly radiates out to his fellow men.
HE is a day of sunshine and of calm; a well of purity and fruitful virginity. His whole body, as it were, forms a laugh of silent joy. Gentleness and radiance flow from him. Like a cool and clear day in spring when the breeze is full of the scents of new life, so his words are full of the fragrance which comes from the flower-covered valleys of his heart, the slopes of his sacred and light-bearing reflections.
Because God is love, one realizes that the greatest blessings are the trials, not the easy things…. The way of Orthodoxy is filled with difficulties and crosses, but it yields you to the path wherein you glorify God for all things and are thankful for all things––the Resurrection.
Great is the one who is humble. Let us remember what the Lord said, “I thank Thee, O Father… that Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes” (Luke 10:21)––to the humble, to the meek. Let us, therefore, love this humility and meekness, that we may receive the grace of God, that we may rejoice both in life and death without flaunting our joy, and that it may become a blessing for all of us.
Let our whole life become a prayer!
Apolytikion (Fourth Tone) O Christ our God, You ascended in Glory and gladdened Your disciples by the promise of the Holy Spirit. Your blessing assured them that You are the Son of God, the Redeemer of the world.