Spiritual fatherhood is one of the ways in which God the Father manifests His infinite Love for us, because spiritual fathers are both an icon, a symbol, and a tangible reality of such love. Specifically, “those who oppose spiritual fatherhood deny that it is possible for the spiritual father to heal by the power and energy of God . . . When the spiritual father considers his spiritual child to be a gift from God, and the spiritual child regards his spiritual father as God’s gift to him, then the relationship between them functions properly” (Met. Hierotheos. . The illness and cure of the soul, p. 136).