“Lo! Quiet waters are before you—holy and tranquil and pleasant—for they are not the waters of contention that cast Joseph into the dungeon. … Nor are they waters of strife. … There are waters whereby there is reconciliation made with Heaven. … In it are baptized the sons of Hagar, and are become gentle and peaceful.
“In the beginning the Spirit that brooded moved on the waters; they conceived and gave birth. … The Holy Spirit has brooded in Baptism, and in mystery has give birth to eagles. … Lo! They are baptized and they become virgins and saints.” ~St. Ephraim the Syrian
White water rafting may be great fun, but for those seeking spiritual growth, calmer waters are better. The Quiet Water is the water of spirit. Water is symbolic of both cleansing and growth. This quiet water does both. It cleanses us of false beliefs and false life styles. It nourishes our spirits and souls allowing them to grow just as water helps plants to grow in the garden.
Waters of Contention
St. Ephraim says those quiet waters are not like the waters of contention. The waters of contention are those forces that turn us away from spirit, make us materialistic. They are the forces that make us turn o one another. Greed, fear, and other negative motions are carried on these waters. Continue reading “Quiet Waters and the Light of the Spiritual Sun”