“The first thing to be said, of course, is that Hagia Sophia is God Himself. God is not only a Father but a Mother. He is both at the same time, and it is the ‘feminine aspect’ or ‘feminine principle’ in the divinity that is the Hagia Sophia. For Sophia is not an ideal, not an abstraction, but the highest reality, and the highest reality must manifest herself to us not only in power but also in poverty, otherwise we never see it.”

-Thomas Merton⠀

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