“But nothing causes such exceeding grief as when anyone, lying under the captivity of sin, calls to mind from where he has fallen, because he turned aside to carnal and earthly things, instead of directing his mind in the beautiful ways of the knowledge of God. So you find Adam concealing himself, when he knew that God was present and wishing to be hidden when called by God with that voice which wounded the soul of him. Why are you concealed? Why do you avoid Him Whom you once longed to see? A guilty conscience is so burdensome that it punishes itself without a judge, and wishes for covering, and yet is bare before God.”
+ St. Ambrose Milan, Concerning Repentance, Book II
“We do not change the boundaries marked out by our Fathers. We keep the Tradition we have received. If we begin to lay down the Law of the Church even in the smallest things, the whole edifice will fall to the ground in no short time.”
+ St. John of Damascus
The husband and wife should be similar to the hand and the eye. When the hand hurts, the eyes should be crying. And when the eyes cry, the hand should wipe away the tears.
† Saint John Chrysostom
In the End Times a man will be saved by love, humbleness and kindness. Kindness will open the gates of Heaven; humbleness will him lead into Heaven; a man, whose heart is filled with love, will see God.
– St Gabriel of Georgia
‘Yes, the priest stands at the altar, the priest stands there and makes a long supplication, not in order that fire from heaven may consume the things that lie to open view, but that grace, lighting on the Sacrifice, may thereby in flame the souls of all, and show them brighter than silver purified in the fire. Art thou ignorant that the soul of man could never bear this fire of the Sacrifice, but that all would be utterly consumed, were not the aid of the grace of God abundant? For if one would but consider how great a thing it is for a mortal, and one still clothed with flesh and blood, to be enabled to be nigh to that blessed and immortal nature, he would then see how great an honor the grace of the Spirit has vouchsafed to priests.’
St. John Chrysostom
When going to the Holy Mysteries, go with simplicity of heart, in full faith that you will receive the Lord within yourself, and with the proper reverence towards this. What your state of mind should be after this, leave it to the Lord Himself. Many desire ahead of time to receive this or that from Holy Communion, and then, not seeing what they wanted, they are troubled, and even their faith in the power of the Mystery is shaken. The fault lies not with the Mystery, but with superficial assumptions. Do not promise yourself anything. Leave everything to the Lord, asking a single mercy from Him — to strengthen you in every kind of good so that you will be acceptable to Him. The fruit of Communion most often has a taste of sweet peace in the heart; sometimes it brings enlightenment to thought and inspiration to one’s devotion to the Lord; sometimes almost nothing is apparent, but afterward in one’s affairs there is a noted a great strength and steadfastness in the diligence one has promised.
St. Theophan the Recluse, The Spiritual Life: And How to Be Attuned to It
Nerve the mind; brace the soul
“Let us nerve our minds, and brace up our souls, and prepare our hearts. The race is for our soul: our hope is of things eternal: and God, Who knoweth your hearts, and observeth who is sincere, and who a hypocrite, is able both to guard the sincere, and to give faith to the hypocrite: for even to the unbeliever, if only he give his heart, God is able to give faith.”
Saint Cyril of Jerusalem
The Catechetical Lectures: Protocatechesis
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Glory be to Him the Invisible, who clothed Himself in visibility, that sinners might draw near to Him ~St. Ephraim the Syrian
Then the Spirit lifted me up and brought me to the gate of the house of the Lord that faces east.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west.
天主說： 不要害怕! 因為我同你在一起，我要從東方領回你的子女，從西方將你召集在一起；
and I saw the glory of the God of Israel coming from the east.
I say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.
This is what the Lord Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west.
Today’s “Top Ten” Quotes from the Church Fathers:
“The Church of Jesus Christ is neither Latin nor Greek nor Slav, but Catholic; accordingly she makes no difference between her children and Greeks, Latins, Slavs and members of all other nations are equal in the eyes of the Apostolic See.”
— Pope Benedict XV, in the encyclical, Dei providentis, May 11, 1917.
“During the life of the Christian there are hours of inconsolable sorrow and sickness, when it seems that the Lord has completely abandoned and forsaken him, for there is not the least feeling of God’s presence in his soul. Such hours are the temptation of the faith, hope, love, and patience of the Christian. But better times will soon come for him, and he shall send Jesus Christ, Which before was preached unto you (Acts 3:20). Soon the Lord will again rejoice him, so let him not fall under temptation.”
Saint John of Kronstadt