Elder Sophrony: “I will act as if I had love.”

by abbamoses

Archimandrite Sophrony (Sakharov) of Essex (+1993)

One day, a man who was visiting Mount Athos asked several wise elders the following question: ‘What is the most important thing in your life?’
Each time he was answered like this: ‘It is divine love; to love God and to love one’s neighbour’.
He said: ‘I don’t have love, either for prayer, or for God, or for other people. What must I do?’
And then he decided by himself: ‘I will act as if I had this love’.
Thirty years later, the Holy Spirit gave him the grace of love.

— Words of Life