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John of Kronstadt: “Sometimes in the affliction of your soul you wish to die”

18 October 2017

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“Sometimes in the affliction of your soul you wish to die. It is easy to die, and does not take long; but are you prepared for death? Remember that after death the judgment of your whole life will follow. You are not prepared for death, and if it were to come to you, you would shudder all over. Therefore do not waste words in vain. Do not say : “It is better for me to die,” but say rather, “How can I prepare for death in a Christian manner?” By means of faith, by means of good works, and by bravely bearing the miseries and sorrows that happen to you, so as to be able to meet death fearlessly, peacefully, and without shame, not as a rigorous law of nature, but as a fatherly call of the eternal, heavenly, holy, and blessed Father unto the everlasting Kingdom. Remember the old man who, being weary of his heavy burden, called for death. When it came he did not wish to die, and preferred to go on carrying his heavy burden.”

Saint John of Kronstadt

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Therese of Lisieux: “prayer is a surge of the heart”

17 October 2017

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“For me prayer is a surge of the heart, it is a simple look towards Heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”

St. Therese of Lisieux

 

Augustine of Hippo: “the very perfection of a man”

16 October 2017

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“This is the very perfection of a man, to find out his own imperfections. “

St. Augustine of Hippo

Cyril of Jerusalem: “who shall dare to doubt”

15 October 2017

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“Since Christ Himself has said, “This is My Body” who shall dare to doubt that It is His Body?”
St. Cyril of Jerusalem

 

Hilaire Belloc: “a dull urban population”

14 October 2017

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“It has been discovered that with a dull urban population, all formed under a mechanical system of State education, a suggestion or command, however senseless and unreasoned, will be obeyed if it be sufficiently repeated.”

Hilaire Belloc, An Essay on the Restoration of Property

Maximus the Confessor: “Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you”

13 October 2017

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“Do not say that faith in Christ alone can save you, for this is not possible if you do not attain love for Him, which is demonstrated by deeds. As for mere faith: “The demons also believe and tremble” (James, 2:19). The action of love consists in heartfelt good deeds toward one’s neighbor, magnanimity, patience, and sober use of things.”

Maximus the Confessor

Athanasius of Alexandria: “ the glorious monument to death’s defeat”

13 October 2017

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“He, the Life of all, our Lord and Saviour, did not arrange the manner of his own death lest He should seem to be afraid of some other kind. No. He accepted and bore upon the cross a death inflicted by others, and those other His special enemies, a death which to them was supremely terrible and by no means to be faced; and He did this in order that, by destroying even this death, He might Himself be believed to be the Life, and the power of death be recognised as finally annulled. A marvellous and mighty paradox has thus occurred, for the death which they thought to inflict on Him as dishonour and disgrace has become the glorious monument to death’s defeat.”

Athanasius of Alexandria, On the Incarnation