The atmosphere of heaven

We can keep guard over the whole world by keeping guard over the atmosphere of heaven within us, for if we lose the Kingdom of Heaven, we will save neither ourselves nor others. He who has the Kingdom of God in himself will imperceptibly pass it on to others. People will be attracted to the peace and warmth in us; they will want to be near us, and the atmosphere of heaven will gradually passion to them. It is not even necessary to speak to people about this. The atmosphere of heaven will radiate from us even when we keep silence or talk about ordinary things. It will radiate from us even though we may not be aware of it.

Our Thoughts Determine Our Lives, Elder Thaddeus of Vitovnica, p. 66

I know a woman like this. To be in her presence is to be at peace. You get a little taste of what heaven is like when you’re near her and you never wish to leave. I don’t have much hope of ever attaining this myself, but I should at least try. It’s far more profitable than engaging in active evangelism to “save people” (something I’m always being pulled toward).

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