rainbow of the soul
“Just as the earth in the Spring is washed by the rain, warmed by the sun, and becomes warmed by greenery and flowers, so you beloved, wash your soul with tears of repentance, and warm it with the rays of God’s grace and feelings and intentions, which will indeed bring forth in you the fruit of the Spirit – love, joy, peace, long-suffering, meekness and faith (Gal. 5:22-23).”
Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk
from the book
Instructions and Teachings for the American Orthodox Faithful (1898-1907)
The dispersion of the light of Christ illumines and refracts the water droplets of the tears of repentance resulting in a rainbow of light in the soul – the colors of love, joy, peace, long-suffering, meekness and Faith – the fruits of the spirit – a rainbow of repentance.