“…despite all the grace and mercy which He abundantly bestows upon us, does not implant in us this love and obedience fully formed and ready made. He does not extract it from us by force. It must be offered to Him, and to those created in His image, freely and willingly. And we are perfectly free to bury our love in the earth, in the gross and material things of this life, where it will bear no fruit and wither away and die.”
(Homily given at St. John Skete in Ohio on October 9)