Elder St. Porphyrios on Doing All with Love
“Sin makes a person exceedingly psychologically confused. And nothing makes the confusion go away — nothing except the light of Christ. Christ makes the first move: ‘Come unto me all you who labor’ [Matt. 11:28]. Then we accept this light with our good will, which we express through our love towards Him, through prayer, through our participation in the life of the Church, and through the sacraments. Often neither labor, nor prostrations, nor crossing ourselves attract God’s grace. There are secrets. The most important thing is to go beyond the formal aspects and go to the heart of the matter. Whatever is done must be done with love.
Love always understands the need to make sacrifices. Whatever is done under coercion always causes the soul to react with rejection. Love attracts the grace of God. When grace comes, then the gifts of the Holy Spirit come.”
– ‘Wounded by Love’