Friday, November 21, 2014

Verses and Fathers Sayings

But the ones that fell on the good ground are
those who, having heard the word 

with a noble and good heart, keep it 
and bear fruit with patience.

Luke 8:15

Observe your thoughts, and beware of what you have in your heart and your spirit, knowing that the demons put ideas into you so as to corrupt your soul by making it think of that which is not right, in order to turn your spirit from the consideration of your sins and of God. 

Abba Elias


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Dwell Together In Unity

Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way 
into him who is the head, into Christ, 
from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint 
with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, 
makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Ephesians 4: 15 - 16 ESV

Perform your duties in the church faithfully and joyfully, as they fall to your lot according to your rank, and fulfill your ministry with uprightness, because of that God under whom we are fellow servants and to whom we understand that we shall render an account of our actions.

Therefore, his mercy ought to abound in us, because 'judgment without mercy to him that has not done mercy.' For this reason pray with us for those who still cause us sadness, that the sickness of their carnal mind, intensified and concentrated by long custom, may be healed.

For who does not understand 'how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity' if that pleasure touches a palate from which the mind has spit out all the bitterness of division and that loves the sweetness of charity?

The God to whom we pray for them is powerful and merciful enough to use any sort of occasion to draw them even now to salvation. May the Lord preserve you in peace.
St Augustine


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