... the only power capable of conquering the hearts of men and women is the tenderness of God. That which delights and attracts, that which humbles and overcomes, that which opens and unleashes, is not the power of instruments or the force of law, but rather the omnipotent weakness of divine love, which is the irresistible force of its gentleness and the irrevocable pledge of its mercy.
— Pope Francis

Theotokos of the unburnt bush

The unspeakable

and prodigious fire

hidden in the essence of things,

as in the bush,

is the fire of divine love

 and the dazzling brilliance

of God’s beauty inside everything.

 

- Maximus the Confessor

 

I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and all passed through the sea, and all of them were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. All ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they drank from a spiritual rock that followed them, and the rock was the Christ.