Saint Silouan the Athonite
The Holy Spirit sets us all on different paths: one man lives a life of silent solitude in the desert; another prays for mankind; still another is called to minister to Christ’s flock; to a fourth it is given to comfort or preach to the suffering; while yet another serves his neighbor by his goods or by the fruits of his labor – and all these are gifts of the Holy Spirit given in varying degrees: to one man thirtyfold, to another sixty and to some a hundred. If we love one another in simplicity of heart, the Lord through the Holy Spirit would show us many miracles and reveal great mysteries.
The greater the love, the greater the suffering of the soul; the fuller the love, the fuller the knowledge; the hotter love, more ardent the prayer; The more perfect the love, the holier the…
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