“Moral issues are always terribly complex for someone without principles.”
G. K. Chesterton
“Always have the fear of God in your heart, and remember that God is always with you, everywhere, whether you are walking or sitting.”
St. Gennadius of Constantinople
“If you arm yourself against anger, then you will never succumb to any kind of desire.
Desire provides fuel for anger, and anger disturbs spiritual vision, disrupting the state of prayer.”
Evagrios the Solitary
“A Muslim judge once invited a monk to his home, treated him to dinner and asked:
– Please tell me, kind man. I’m a Muslim and try to live according to the law. I judge fairly, I don’t take bribes, I feed the poor, I pray, I fast. I try to live righteously and do everything according to the will of God. Will I really not inherit the Heavenly Kingdom?
And the monk answered:
– Tell me dear, do you have children?
– I do, – answered the judge.
– How about servants?
– And servants too of course!
– Then tell me, who obeys you more, the servants or your children?
– The servants, the servants of course. They catch my every word; they try to please me in every way. But my children can be stubborn; sometimes they don’t listen and go off on their own will.
– But tell me, when you die, who will you give all of your inheritance to, your children or the servants?
– To my children of course! – exclaimed the judge.
– The same it is with the Kingdom of Heaven. You can be an ideal servant, but only the sons receive the inheritance. And the only way to become a son is through Jesus Christ.”
Source unknown to me
“Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Galatians 4:7)
“Prosperity is boring. The suicide rate in Sweden is something like a thousand times that of Haiti. And even revolution is boring. No revolution can survive its own success. Every revolution turns into a new tyranny, and Ecclesiastes’ cycles return like the clouds after a rain. The big, blazing, terrible truth about man is that he has a heaven-sized hole in his heart, and nothing else can fill it. We pass our lives trying to fill the Grand Canyon with marbles. As Augustine said: ‘Thou has made us for thyself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in thee.’ That’s the greatest sentence ever written outside Scripture because it tells us the secret of our destiny, our happiness-and our unhappiness.”
Peter Kreeft, Fundamentals of the Faith
“The earthly life is for us a continual Judgment of God. If we follow Christ’s commandments, then the Grace of the Holy Spirit will come to us; but when we depart from them (even in small ways), God leaves us and we feel that abandonment about which outsiders do not even know. They do not understand what abandonment by God is”.
Elder Sophrony of Essex
“If you consider riches and their full enjoyment to be merely a short-lived illusory vanity, if you know that a virtuous life pleasing to God is better than riches, you will hold fast to this conviction and keep it in memory; then you will not sigh, complain or reproach anyone, but will thank God for everything, when you see that men worse than you are praised for eloquence or erudition and wealth. Insatiable desire of riches and pleasures, love of fame and vainglory, coupled with ignorance of truth, are the worst passions of the soul.”
St. Anthony the Great