Ephraim the Syrian: “For if thy grace does not illumine my soul”

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“According to thy mercy, pour out upon me, who am miserable, at least one small drop of grace to make me understand and be converted, that I might make at least some small effort to correct myself. For if thy grace does not illumine my soul, I will not be able to see the carelessness and negligence that the passions have produced in me through my apathy and recklessness.”

– St. Ephraim the Syrian

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William Jennings Bryan: “Science is a magnificent material force, but it is not a teacher of morals.”

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William Jennings Bryan.jpg“Science is a magnificent material force, but it is not a teacher of morals. It can perfect machinery, but it adds no moral restraints to protect society from the misuse of the machine. It can also build gigantic intellectual ships, but it constructs no moral rudders for the control of storm-tossed human vessels. It not only fails to supply the spiritual element needed, but some of its unproven hypotheses rob the slip of its compass and thus endanger its cargo.”

– William Jennings Bryan

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Gennadios Scholarios: “Keep an eye on your bishops …”

Always, ALWAYS pray for your bishops.

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gennadiusii.jpg“Keep an eye on your bishops as far as their orthodoxy is concerned lest they go so far as to teach doctrines against the true faith or celebrate with heretics and schismatics. As far as other things, they act out of ignorance or because the days are evil and they will give an account to God only.”

– St. Gennadios Scholarios

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Nikolai Velimirovich: “Suffer and pray to God for your children.”

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“Suffer and pray to God for your children. By your long-suffering you will hopefully bring them little by little to feel some shame and with your prayer you will receive help from the Almighty in clearing. up your children’s hearts. But first you must repent before him for not teaching your children. His law before anything else.”
– St. Nikolai Velimirovich, in Missionary Letters Vol. 3

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