Every now and then I hope to post a series of quotes from early Church and Eastern Orthodox saints. This post is all about “love”, towards God, to one’s fellow man and His love for us. The love of God is beautiful!
1. I cannot persuade myself that without love to others, and without, as far as rests with me, peaceableness towards all, I can be called a worthy servant of Jesus Christ.
– Saint Basil the Great, Homilies on the Psalms
2. God, Who is by nature good and dispassionate, loves all men equally as His handiwork. But He glorifies the virtuous man because in his will he is united to God.
– St. Maximos the Confessor
3. 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.
– St. John Chrysostom
4. Let no man’s place, or dignity, or riches, puff him up; and let no man’s low condition or poverty abase him. For the chief points are faith towards God, hope towards Christ, the enjoyment of those good things for which we look, and love towards God and our neighbor.
– St. Ignatius of Antioch
5. When someone steals another’s clothes, we call them a thief. Should we not give the same name to one who could clothe the naked and does not? The bread in your cupboard belongs to the hungry; the coat unused in your closet belongs to the one who needs it; the shoes rotting in your closet belong to the one who has no shoes; the money which you hoard up belongs to the poor.
– Basil the Great
6. In love did God bring the world into existence; in love is God going to bring it to that wondrous transformed state, and in love will the world be swallowed up in the great mystery of the one who has preformed all these things; in love will the whole course of the governance of creation be finally comprised.
– St. Isaac of Syrian
7. As a handful of sand thrown into the ocean, so are the sins of all flesh as compared with the mind of God.
– St. Isaac the Syrian