A comprehended god is no god.
No one can harm the man who does himself no wrong.
God draws, but He draws the willing one.
The rich man is not one who is in possession of much, but one who gives much.
The bee is more honored than other animals, not because she labors, but because she labors for others.
We follow the ways of wolves, the habits of tigers: or, rather we are worse than they. To them nature has assigned that they should be thus fed, while God has honoured us with rational speech and a sense of equity. And yet we are become worse than the wild beast.
Let the mouth also fast from disgraceful speeches and railings. For what does it profit if we abstain from fish and fowl and yet bite and devour our brothers and sisters? The evil speaker eats the flesh of his brother and bites the body of his neighbor.
No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger.
Slander is worse than cannibalism.
By the cross we know the gravity of sin and the greatness of God’s love toward us.
If then we have angels, let us be sober, as though we were in the presence of tutors; for there is a demon present also.
A friend is more to be longed for than the light; I speak of a genuine one. And wonder not: for it were better for us that the sun should be extinguished, than that we should be deprived of friends; better to live in darkness, than to be without friends.
The Holy Scriptures were not given
to us that we should enclose
them in books, but that we should
engrave them upon our hearts.
Riches are not forbidden, but the pride of them is.
Hell is paved with priest’s skulls.
And all men are ready to pass judgement on the priest as if he was not a being clothed with flesh, or one who inherited a human nature.
Though the waves and the sea and the anger of princes are roused against me, they are less to me than a spider’s web.
Humility is the root, mother, nurse, foundation, and bond of all virtue.
(We pray) not to inform God or instruct Him but to beseech Him closely, to be made intimate with Him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins.
Since it is likely that, being men, they would sin every day, St. Paul consoles his hearers by saying ‘renew yourselves’ from day to day. This is what we do with houses: we keep constantly repairing them as they wear old. You should do the same thing to yourself. Have you sinned today? Have you made your soul old? Do not despair, do not despond, but renew your soul by repentance, and tears, and Confession, and by doing good things. And never cease doing this.
I know my own soul, how feeble and puny it is: I know the magnitude of this ministry, and the great difficulty of the work; for more stormy billows vex the soul of the priest than the gales which disturb the sea.