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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

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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

Elder Paisios: “We have to witness our faith with boldness”

12 October 2017

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“We have to witness our faith with boldness, because if we continue to be silent we’ll have to answer in the end. In these difficult days each must do what’s in their power. And leave what’s out of their power to the will of God. In this way our conscience will be clear .
If we don’t resist, then our ancestors will arise from their graves. They suffered so much for the Fatherland, and we? What are we doing for it?.. If Christians don’t begin to witness their faith, to resist evil, then the destroyers will become even more insolent. But today’s Christians are no warriors. If the Church keeps silent, to avoid conflict with the government, if the metropolitans are silent, if the monks hold their peace, then who will speak up ? “

Elder Paisios

John of the Cross: “To love is to be transformed”

12 October 2017

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“To love is to be transformed into what we love. To love God is therefore to be transformed into God.”

St. John of the Cross