The real joy in God is never steady, on the contrary: the darker are the surroundings, the brighter shine the stars…
When the man lives a real spiritual life, then in troubles (and God is always near the chagrined ones) he rejoices deep down in his heart in a hidden way, of this communion with God.
Closeness to God may be felt only in sufferance, because Christ Himself, The Real Truth, suffered in this world. (archpriest Dimitrie Smirnov)
How to overcome the love for money Sophia Publishing House, Bucharest, 2013, p. 27