There once lived a person of great spiritual strength whose
name was Siluan. He prayed long with tearful cries of "Lord have mercy on
me," but God would not hear him. Many months went by in such prayer, and
the strength of his soul was dissipated; he lost heart and cried, "You are
unresponsive to prayer!" And suddenly, with these words on his lips and
his soul drained of strength, for a moment he saw the Living Christ. His heart
and entire body were filled with such flame that had the apparition continued
another second, he would have died. Later he was unable to forget the
inexpressibly meek, limitlessly loving, joyful and peaceful look of Christ;
from that point forward he witnessed untiringly that God is love, love without
measure or frontiers.
It is Siluan, this witness of Godís love, who
forms the subject of this text.
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