Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov)

One day, a man who was visiting Mount Athos asked several wise elders the following question: ‘What is the most important thing in your life?’
Each time he was answered like this: ‘It is divine love; to love God and to love one’s neighbour’.
He said: ‘I don’t have love, either for prayer, or for God, or for other people. What must I do?’
And then he decided by himself: ‘I will act as if I had this love’.
Thirty years later, the Holy Spirit gave him the grace of love.

— Elder Sophrony of Essex, Words of Life

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