“Simplicity and gentleness are a very saintly mode of spiritual life but you cannot learn this in an external way. It must suffuse itself mystically within you so that your soul embraces this mode of life through the grace of God…When you desire something and try to force God it doesn’t come. It will come “on a day and you fo not expect and at an hour you do not know”. This is where the mystery lies. I can’t explain it to you.”
(St Elder Porphyrios in ‘Wounded by Love’)