Sin is committed first of all in the secret depths of the human spirit but its consequences distort the whole individual. A sin will reflect on a man’s psychological and physical condition, on his outward appearance, on his personal destiny. Sin will, inevitably, pass beyond the boundaries of the sinner’s own life to burden all humanity and thus affect the fate of the whole world. The sin of our forefather Adam was not the only sin of cosmic significance. Every sin, secret or manifest, committed by each of us, has a bearing on the rest of the universe.
* This excerpt is from “The Monk of Mount Athos” by Elder Sophronius Sakharov