St. Herman of Alaska, quoted in The Life of St. [sic] Herman of Alaska, Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church, St. Petersburg, 1894, translated by Archpriest Vladimir Stakhy Borichevsky, reprinted in St. Herman of Alaska, The Orthodox Church in America, 1970, pp 19-39 (quote on p. 30):

If we love someone…we always remember them; we try to please them. Day and night our heart is concerned with the subject. Is that the way you gentlemen love God? Do you turn to Him often? Do you always remember Him? Do you always pray to Him and fulfill His holy commandments? …For our own good, and for our own fortune…let us at least promise ourselves that from this very minute we will try to love God more than anything and to fulfill His Holy Will!


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