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  • Take away my heart of stone and give me a heart of flesh.

Saint Ambrose of Milan

  • O Lord, fill my life with eternal life.

Saint Isaac the Syrian

  • The Church is not walls and roof, it is faith and life.

Saint John Chrysostom

  • Bethlehem became a link between heaven and earth; God and man met here and looked each other in the face. In the taking of human flesh, the Father prepared it, the Spirit formed it, and the Son assumed it.


  • No man need not hide from God as Adam did; for He can be seen through Christ's human nature.


  • If there were no Cross, there would have been no crib; if there had been no nails, there would have been no straw. But He could not teach the lesson of the Cross as payment for sin; He take it. God the Father did not spare his Son - so much did He love mankind. That was the secret wrapped in the swaddling bands.


  • If we leave the Cross out of the Life of Christ, we have nothing left, and certainly not Christianity. For the Cross is related to our sins. Christ was our stand-in on the stage of life. He took our guilt as He were guilty and thus paid the dept that sin deserved, namely death. This made possible our resurrection to a new life in Him. Christ therefore is not just a teacher or a prophet, but our Savior. Our modern world does not like the word "sin".


  • Faith is the rejection of everything that is not Christ, in order that all life, all truth, all hope, all reality may be sought and found in Christ.


  • That something is someone! It is Christ who guides us through this valley of darkness by giving us His own spirit, His own life, His own love.


  • An elder said to his disciple whose fasting lacked love: "Eat everything, but do not eat people."
  • Love gives birth to prayer.

Saint Makarius

  • You will all be saved by prayer.

Bishop Afanasy

  • The simplicity and love to which we are called by the Apostle is surely not a simplification of things. It is bringing all our thoughts and feelings into a relationship of evangelical discipleship to Christ. Only this can help us find our way in the labyrinth of modern confusion.

S. Ff.

  • Humility is constant prayer, faith and hope, it is the love of a trembling heart which has given itself up to God. Humility is the door leading to our heart making it capable of experiencing spiritual life.

Father Serghey Batiugov

  • The beginning of pride is sin.

The wisdom of Jesus, Son of Sirach

  • Love is the root and birthgiver of all that is good.

Saint John Chrysostom

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