Quotes

‘With what procrastinations do you wait,
since from this very moment you can love God in your heart?’
St. John of the Cross

‘For these four virtues (would that all felt their influence in their minds as they have their names in their mouths!), I should have no hesitation in defining them: that temperance is love giving itself entirely to that which is loved; fortitude is love readily bearing all things for the sake of the loved object; justice is love serving only the loved object, and therefore ruling rightly; prudence is love distinguishing with sagacity between what hinders it and what helps it.’
St. Augustine of Hippo

‘Any trial whatever that comes to you can be conquered by silence.’
Abbot Pastor (Desert Father)

‘There is no delight in owning anything unshared.’
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

‘Unless we place our religion and our treasure in the same thing, religion will always be sacrificed.’
Epictetus

‘The reason is that this is our original natural state and we used to be whole creatures: “love” is the name for the desire and pursuit of wholeness.’
Plato (The Symposium)

‘It would be too tedious, in a work like this, to go through the succession lists of all the Churches. We shall, therefore, take just one, the greatest, most ancient Church, the Church known to all, the Church founded and established in Rome by the two most glorious apostles, Peter and Paul. By showing that the tradition which she received from the apostles, the faith which she proclaims to men, has come down to us through the succession of bishops, we confute all those who, in whatever manner, . . . set up conventicles. With this Church, because of its more excellent origin, every Church (in other words, the faithful everywhere) must agree.’
St. Irenaeus

‘Alms-giving heals the soul’s incensive power; fasting withers sensual desire; prayer purifies the intellect and prepares it for the contemplation of created beings. For the Lord has given us commandments which correspond to the powers of the soul.’
St. Maximus the Confessor (400 Texts on Love n.79, from the Philokalia)

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