You should feel the mystery of salvation deeply in your heart. Listen to this piece of advice: be over whelmed by salvation, love it, long for it. You should feel that you have found your treasure. Then, you will say “goodbye” to the world, to the worldly spirit, to all these things you have wholeheartedly cultivat- ed for a whole lifetime and have thought so highly of.
The salvation of the soul is a big event. It is a very big thing for someone to decide to follow Christ. This is done little by little: as for example the dough which is kneaded little by little but continuously. Or like the seed that fell into the ground and will become wheat, but will take its time. First, it will rot in the ground.
If you truly decide to be of Christ, be prepared to be shaken off your feet. There is not going to be just a simple change inside you. You are going to feel you are dying. And then, whatever you do, you do in a different mood, in a different spirit, with different desire and longing
Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos (†)
From the book: Archimandrite Symeon Kragiopoulos, “SPIRITUAL MESSAGES” Panorama Thessaloniki, 2017