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A dreadful thing is the love of money! It disables both eyes and ears, and makes men worse to deal with than a wild beast, allowing a man to consider neither conscience nor friendship nor fellowship nor salvation.

    Topics: Money, Fellowship, Men

Patience is the queen of virtues.

    Topics: Patience, Virtue

The highest point of philosophy is to be both wise and simple; this is the angelic life.

    Topics: Philosophy

Prayer should be the means by which I, at all times, receive all that I need, and, for this reason, be my daily refuge, my daily consolation, my daily joy, my source of rich and inexhaustible joy in life.

    Topics: Prayer, Joy

The potency of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it hath bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt.

    Topics: Prayer

Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings.

    Topics: Prayer

(We pray) not to inform God or instruct Him but to beseech Him closely, to be made intimate with Him, by continuance in supplication; to be humbled; to be reminded of our sins.

    Topics: Prayer
    Source: Homilies on the Gospel of Saint Matthew, 19:4.

Whether or not our prayer is heard depends not on the number of our words, but on the fervor of our souls.

    Topics: Prayer

Men have the power of thinking that they may avoid sin.

    Topics: Reasoning, Power, Men

Poor human reason, when it trusts in itself, substitutes the strangest absurdities for the highest divine concepts.

    Topics: Reasoning

God draws, but He draws the willing one.

    Topics: Salvation

Please listen to me - you are not paying attention. I am talking to you about the Holy Scriptures, and you are looking at the lamps and the people lighting them. It is very frivolous to be more interested in what the lamplighters are doing... After all, I am lighting a lamp too - the lamp of God's Word.

    Topics: Scripture

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