Instructions for the Christian Life

by Scott D. Hendricks

For the entire order of the Christian life is thus: Believe in God, the worshipful Trinity that saves us in the Lord Jesus Christ through the benevolence of the Holy Spirit and, receiving the beneficial powers through the Divine mysteries of the Holy Church, live according to the commandments of the Gospel, being inspired with the hope that God, for the smallest feasible labor of ours, for the sake of faith in the Lord Savior and obedience to Him, will not deprive us of heavenly blessings.

~ St. Theophan the Recluse

St. Theophan the Recluse, The Spiritual Life and How to Be Attuned to It, trans. Alexandra Dockham (St. Paisius Abbey: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2000), 92.