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Voltaire: “To learn who rules over you …”

29 March 2017
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“To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.”

Voltaire

Voltaire was no Christian, but he was correct when he said these words above. Even a stopped clock is right twice a day.

Stanley Hauerwas: “we will have done well”

29 March 2017

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“I say that in a hundred years, if Christians are identified as people who do not kill their children or the elderly, we will have done well.”
Stanley Hauerwas

Justin Popovich: “There is no third option”

29 March 2017

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“A man in this world must solve a problem: to be with Christ, or to be against Him. And every man decides this, whether he wants to or not. He will either be a lover of Christ or a fighter of Christ. There is no third option.”

St. Justin Popovich, in his Explanation of I John 4:3

Augustine of Hippo: “Christ had come out of mercy”

28 March 2017

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“The flood of temporal things draws us after itself, but in this flood there is, as it were, a full- grown tree: our Lord Jesus Christ. He took flesh, died, and ascended to heaven. It is as if He agreed to be in the flood of the temporal. Is this stream dragging you headlong? Hold on to Christ. He became temporal for you, so that you might become eternal, for He became temporal in such a way that He remained eternal. What difference is there between two men in a prison when one of them is a convict and the other a visitor! Sometimes a man comes to visit his friend, and it seems that both are in prison, but there is a great difference between them. One of them is held there because of guilt, while the other has come out of love for mankind. Thus it is with our mortality: guilt holds us here, but Christ had come out of mercy. He came freely into bondage, and not as a convict.”

St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermons on I John, II.10

Silouan the Athonite: “The soul that has come to know God fully”

27 March 2017

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“The soul that has come to know God fully no longer desires anything else, nor does it attach itself to anything on the earth; and if you put before it a kingdom, it would not desire it, for the love of God gives such sweetness and joy to the soul that even the life of a king can no longer give it any sweetness.”

St. Silouan the Athonite

Symeon of Daibabe: “listen to divine teachings and live accordingly”

26 March 2017

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“When you throw a nail into a fire, it gets hot and starts to glow like fire. In the same way you, when you listen to divine teachings and live accordingly, will become like God.”

St. Symeon of Daibabe

Silouan the Athonite: “there is not greater happiness”

25 March 2017

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“When the soul knows the love of God by the Holy Spirit, then he clearly feels that the Lord is our own Father, the closest, dearest Father, the best. And there is not greater happiness than to love God with all the mind and heart, and our neighbor as ourself. And when this love is in the soul, then all things bring joy to the soul.”

St. Silouan the Athonite