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within our hearts a lamp

within our hearts a lamp

there is a light that never goes out “And Christ crucified rejoices when He sees us following Him, undaunted and not turning back. Then you should know that in pain and in mourning, in death and in poverty there is, within our hearts a lamp, […]

on the love of God

on the love of God

The sufferings of this present age undertaken for the truth can not be compared with the delights that is prepared for those who labor in good works. And just as the sheaves of gladness follow for those who sow with tears, so joy follows for […]

love humility and prudence

love humility and prudence

Be free, though your are bound in a body, and for Christ’s sake, show forth obedience in your freedom. But also be prudent in your simplicity, lest you be plundered. Love humility in all your activities that you be delivered from the imperceptible snares that are always found outside the pathways of humble men. Do not reject afflictions, for through them you will enter in the knowledge of the truth, and do not fear temptations, because therein you find precious things.

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian

Homily Three

awaken to wonder

awaken to wonder

Not every man is wakened to wonder by what is said spiritually and has great power concealed in it. A word concerning virtue has need of a heart unbusied with the earth and its converse. Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac of Syria Homily One, Number […]

the things of God

the things of God

The things of God, they say, come of themselves, without one being aware of it. Yes, but only if the place is clean and undefiled. If the pupil of your soul’s eye is not pure, do not venture to gaze at the orb of the […]

pursue mercy

pursue mercy

Do you wish to commune with God in your intellect by receiving a perception of that delight which is not enslaved to the senses? Pursue mercy, for when something that is like unto God is found in you, then that holy beauty is depicted by Him. For the whole sum of the deeds of mercy immediately brings the soul into communion with the unity of the glory of the Godheads splendor.

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac of Syria

Homily One, Number 7

there is no other path

there is no other path

A man who talks of virtue from the experience of his own labour transmits virtue to his hearer just as though he distributes money earned from his own commerce, and as it were from out of his own possessions he sows his teaching in the […]

kindred word

kindred word

Everything is won’t to run to it’s kindred; and the soul that has a share of the Spirit , on hearing a phrase that has spiritual power hidden within, ardently draws out its content on herself. The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian Homily […]

support with a word

support with a word

Cover a man who stumbles, so long as your receive no harm from him, and give him encouragement; then your Master’s lovingkindness will bear you up. Support with a word the infirm, and those who are grieved at heart, in so far as this lies within your hands, then the Right Hand that sustains all will also sustain you. Through the toil of prayer and the anguish of your heart commune with those who are grieved of heart, and the Source of mercy will be opened to your petitions.

The Ascetical Homilies of Saint Isaac the Syrian

Homily Two : On Thankfulness to God, In Which There Are Also Essential Elementary Lessons

thankfulness to God

thankfulness to God

The Thanksgiving of the receiver incites the Giver to give gifts greater than the first. He that returns no thanks in small matters is a dissembler and dishonest in greater ones also. If a man is ill and he recognizes his ailment, his healing will […]