An article on the short mystical poem “The Ladder of Divine Graces” by Theophanis the Monk.
The first step is that of purest prayer.
From this there comes a warmth of heart,
And then a strange, a holy energy,
Then tears wrung from the heart, God-given.
This essay was first published in volume 10 (2002) of the journal Sacred Web, and is reproduced here with kind permission.