The Believer

St. Herman of Alaska

“The believer is seized with a holy trembling.

Whoever believes thus finds humility.

Whoever finds humility received gentleness,

and thus overcomes the influence of unnatural aggression and covetousness.

Whoever is gentle keeps the commandments.

Whoever keeps the commandments is purified.

Whoever is purified is enlightened.

That person is judged worthy to enter with the Word into the nuptial chamber of the mysteries.”

(Maximus the Confessor in The Roots of Christian Mysticism by Olivier Clément, pg. 140)