Saturday, October 23, 2010

Christ as Father


St Silouan the Athonite

(Icon by Leonid Ouspensky 1971)

"In his recognition of the Lord as the closest,

most precious, most fatherly of Fathers,

the Staretz used to say that

'The Holy Spirit has made us His kin.'

By His coming into the soul the Holy Spirit makes man kin

with God, so that in a mighty sweep of conviction

the soul addresses the Lord as 'Father.' "

- Saint Silouan the Anthonite

by Archimandrite Sophrony

page 99

3 comments:

Sarah said...

This is beautiful!

elizabeth said...

Thanks Sarah; I was so heartened to read this quote last night that I knew I needed to blog it... and the icon is stunning, hey?

Marfa said...

What a lovely icon and message of the Father as our father...kin!