Poor, old, sick, to our last breath, we can love. Not sentimental nonsense so often confused with love, but the love of sacrifice – inner crucifixion of greed, envy, pride. Never confuse love with sentimentality and never confuse worship with affectation. Be humble – love even when it is difficult. And do not treat church worship as a theatrical performance!
This is an excerpt from a 2009 letter which Mother Thekla (1918-2011), abbess of the English Monastery of the Assumption, wrote to a new English convert to Orthodoxy.