Saint Nikolai on Regeneration in Christ

Just as the bleak forest clothes itself into greenery and flower from the breath of spring, so does every man, regardless of how arid and darkened by sin, become fresh and youthful from the nearness of Christ. For the nearness of Christ is as the nearness of some lifegiving and fragrant balsam which restores health, increases life, gives fragrance to the soul, to the thoughts and to the words of man.

— Saint Nikolai, Prologue