“Do not let your intellect be disturbed by mere names, for Paradise has simply clothed itself in terms akin to you” (Hymns on Paradise, 11), admonished St. Ephrem the Syrian. Paradise is in this world. It is inside of every earthman and earthwoman and all around them, waiting to be reclaimed.
~ Vigen Guroian, The Fragrance of God
May we stop searching for Paradise Lost as though it eluded us; may we strive instead to clothe ourselves in terms akin to it, and find that it was not missing after all.
Peace through the trials,