It is of no value that we were born, or that we live, or that we work, nor that for which we hope, inasmuch as we are not united with the Lord. No matter how much we make an effort in this age and in this life, we will lose life and will find death. But if we unite ourselves with Him, even if we live in this evil age, in which there is no sin which hasn’t touched us even if we had never committed it, then we will not die but live eternally. For this reason, brothers and sisters, we can conclude something frightening in the end: Everything is in vain, even our good deeds, unless we are with the Lord.
Bishop Grigorije of Zahum-Hercegovina