“Dear children, give the gift of your life to me and completely surrender to me so that I may help you to comprehend my motherly love and the love of my Son for you….”
St. Anselm went from faith and from prayer to reason in a sort of existential continuum. But there is no reason that one cannot take his proof and step up by the use of reason alone to see that it is reasonable to believe in God, and then from that threshold to take the further step further by an act of faith and prayer.
Love creates equality, says St. Augustine of Hippo in one of his sermons. St. John of the Cross reiterates the same principle in his Spiritual Canticle: “It is the property of love to place him who loves on an equality with the object of his love.” Love creates equality. This is an important spiritual principle.
Patriarch Kirill prays for social peace, “Let the Lord enlighten those who have different views, particularly on political issues in the country and on the recent elections, and help us to start a real civil dialogue so as not to destroy the life of the nation.”