27 Feb

“In the lenten season the Christian struggles to put aside all ‘worldly grief’ and to embrace the ‘godly grief’ which St. John Climacus calls the ‘blessed joy-rief of holy compunction,’ which inspires ‘spiritual laughter in the soul,’ since ‘God does not ask or desire that a person should mourn from sorrow of hear, but rather that out of love for Him he should rejoice with spiritual joy.” (Fr. Thomas Hopko, The Lenten Spring, p. 13) (via St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary)

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