St Silouan: when love is in the heart

“Love does not depend on time, and the power of love continues always. There are some who believe that the Lord suffered death for love of man, but because they do not attain to this love in their own souls it seems to them that it is an old story of bygone days. But when the soul knows the love of God by the Holy Spirit, she feels without a shadow of doubt that the Lord is our Father — the closest, the best and dearest of fathers, and there is no greater happiness than to love God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds, according to the Lord’s commandment; and our neighbor as ourself. And when this love is in the soul, everything makes her rejoice. But when it is lost sight of, then man cannot find peace, and is troubled, and blames others as if they had done him an injury, and does not realize that he himself is at fault — he has lost his love for God and has accused or conceived hatred for his brother.”

— St. Silouan the Athonite

Author: Father Silouan Thompson

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