Imitate the Publican and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee. Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water. -St. Syncletica (Sayings of the Desert Fathers)
As we prepare for Lent, I was glad to come across this quote, which reminds us that we should be imitators of meekness, humility and God-fearing behavior. When we follow in the path of Moses, our hearts which often are as stone are rejuvenated into the rivers of living water, as John’s gospel tells us.
As the icon shows us, it is all so that we may be receptacles of the Divine flame within ourselves. If we so will, we could become all flame.
Enjoy your Lenten preparations, I know I am preparing my heart for the 40 days to come and all the endless joy that repentance and Easter bring.