Saint Isaac the Syrian

every rest

every rest

“Every rest is followed by hardship, and every hardship endured for God is followed by rest.” Saint Isaac of Syria

a good man’s soul

a good man’s soul

The good man’s soul shines more brightly than the sun and is gladdened at every moment by the theory of divine mysteries. He who follows a lover of God will be enriched by God’s mysteries… Saint Isaac of Syria

the hopeful ploughman

the hopeful ploughman

From long suffering in prayer, the fruit of life arises, and expectation is a firm helper during prayer to those who posses it. When you pray, bring to mind the ploughman who sows in hope. He Who causes to return twofold the seed that the […]

beware of despair

beware of despair

Beware of despair. You do not serve a tyrant, but your service is to a kind Lord, Who taking nothing from you, yet has given you all. And when you did not exist at all, He fashioned you so that you would be in that […]

accountable in all things

accountable in all things

Do not chide anyone for any trespass, but think of yourself as accountable in all things and guilty of his fall. Do not refuse to do any lowly chore with humility and in no wise decline from doing it. Saint Isaac of Syria

on just praise and humble hearts

on just praise and humble hearts

The man who is justly praised is not harmed thereby; but if praise seems sweet to him, he labors without recompense. The treasure of the humble is within him, and this is the Lord. Saint Isaac of Syria

justice through mercy

justice through mercy

One of the saints spoke of this saying, “The merciful man, if he be not just, is blind. That is to say, he must give to another man what he has gained by his own labors and hardship and not what he has through fraud, […]

overcome justice by mercy

overcome justice by mercy

When a man overcomes justice by mercy, he is crowned though not with crowns awarded under the Law to the righteous, but with the crowns of the perfect who are under the Gospel. For the ancient Law also dictates that a man must give to […]

prayer is joy

prayer is joy

Prayer is joy that sends up thanksgiving. Saint Isaac the Syrian

encircling mercy

encircling mercy

“when a man becomes humble, at once mercy encircles him, and then his heart is aware of Divine help, because if finds a certain power and assurance moving in itself. And when a man perceives {the coming} of Divine help, and that it is this […]