heart of humus
“The sowing, germination and development of the Christian life differs in essence from the sowing, germination and development of the natural life. The difference is the result of the special character of the natural life and its relationship to our human nature. A man is not born a Christian, but becomes such after birth.
The seed of Christ falls on a heart that is already beating.
Since the natural man is fallen, he is opposed to the demands of Christianity. In a plant, however, the beginning of life is the stirring sprout in the seed, an awakening of dormant powers.
The beginning of a true Christian life in man is a kind of re-creation and rebirth, an endowment of new powers and of new life.”
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Saint Theophan the Recluse
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