As Great and Holy Pascha is approaching, let us make haste to renew our Baptismal life in Christ.

“Grace is hidden in the depth of our mind from the very moment in which we were baptized and gives purification both to the soul and to the body…

Grace hides its presence in the baptized, waiting for the initiative of the soul; but when the whole man turns toward the Lord, grace reveals its presence to the heart through an ineffable experience.

And if man begins his progress by keeping the commandments and ceaselessly invoking the Lord Jesus, then the fire of holy grace penetrates even the external senses of the heart.“

– St. Diodochos of Photiki, quoted by Fr. John Meyendorff in “Byzantine Theology,” pp. 69-70.

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