… just as a mother who, in teaching her infant son to walk, steps back from him and calls him, and as he comes toward her on his little feet he begins to tremble and is about to fall by reason of their softness and delicacy, and she runs and catches him in her embrace, so the grace of God also embraces and teaches men who purely and with simplicity have surrendered themselves into the hands of their Creator, and who have renounced the world with their whole heart and follow after Him.

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian, I, 39, translated by the Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, 1984. 192.

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