My soul yearns after the Lord, and I seek Him in tears. How could I not seek Him? He revealed Himself to me in the Holy Spirit, and my heart loved Him. He drew my soul to Himself, and she yearns for Him. The soul is like a bride, and the Lord the Bridegroom, and they love each other, and yearn for one another. The Lord in His love longs for the soul, and grieves if there is no place in her for the Holy Spirit; while the soul, having come to know the Lord, yearns after Him, for in Him lie her life and her joy.
– St. Silouan of Mount Athos