THE LIFE OF THE FREE

13th century icon of St John Climacus, (known as St John of the Ladder) 7th century Christian monk at the monastery on Mount Sinai

God is the life of all free beings. He is the salvation of all: of believers and unbelievers; of the just and the unjust; of the pious or the impious; of those freed from the passions or of those caught in them; of monks or those living in the world; of the educated or the illiterate; of the healthy or the sick; of the young or the very old. He is like the outpouring of the light, the glimpse of the sun, or the changes in the weather, which are the same for everyone without exception.

John Climacus