“The beautiful road of love is effortless, and there is neither blemish nor stain in love, but rather the conscience testifies that the soul has boldness towards God. But when there is no love, the soul has no boldness in prayer, and as one defeated and cowardly, it cannot lift its head because it feels remorse for not having loved as God has loved it; it is a transgressor of the, commandment of God. If we do not love our brother whom we have seen, how can we love God whom we have not seen? He who has true love has God; whoever does not have love does not have God in himself. The holy Fathers say, “If you have seen your brother, you have seen God; your salvation depends on your brother.”
– ‘Counsels from the Holy Mountain’