Elder Porphyrios advises to rejoice in everything around us. For the plants, the animals, the birds, the mountains, the sea, the sunset, the stars in the sky and in general all the animate and inanimate elements of nature that teach us and lead us to God. They are all signs of God’s love. Through them we come to love, to God. All those things that are related to nature help us in our spiritual life, by the grace of God. Elder Porphyrios says that when he feels the harmony of nature, he cries.
[St Porphyrios (Bairaktaris) (1906-1991) was an Athonite hieromonk known for his gifts of spiritual discernment. He was officially declared a saint by the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in 2013. His feast day is December 2]