by Saint Theophan the Recluse
by Saint John of Kronstadt Press, 2014
I arose in the dead of night and I cried:
on Thy words have I set my hope.
I arose in the dead of night and I cried = intensity of search, inspired by hope.
Dead of night can also mean in confused circumstances.
“In another passage, it is said: I sleep, but my heart is watchful.
Such is the true quest. It is uninterrupted.” (p. 303)
Mine eyes woke before the morning,
that I might meditate on Thy sayings.
= “Read the word of God from memory of from the book,
and to reflect on it.” (p. 304)
“It is necessary to study this Word, in order to see what to imitate,
and to learn how to succeed in it.” (p.304)
God’s spirit, inherent in His word, deposits in the heart opened for it while studying it, the seeds of salvific initiatives that, once accepted with sympathy, or afterwards put into deeds with the corresponding zeal.
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