Come Holy Spirit, Fill Our Hearts

In Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit God gave us the full and final revelation of Himself. His Being now for us is the First Realty. Incomparably more evident than all the transient phenomena of this world. We sense His divine presence both within us and without: in the supreme majesty of the universe, in the human face, in the lightning flash of thought. He opens our eyes that we may behold and delight in the beauty of His creation. He fills our souls with love towards all mankind. His indescribably gentle touch pierces our heart. And in the hours when His imperishable Light illumines our heart we know that we shall not die. We know this with a knowledge impossible to prove in the ordinary way but which for us requires no proof, since the Spirit Himself bears witness with us. Elder Sophrony of Essex (1896-1993)

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