Evil does not exist by nature…

Evil does not exist by nature, nor is any man naturally evil, for God made nothing that was not good. When in the desire of his heart someone conceives and gives form to what in reality has no existence, then what he desires begins to exist. We should therefore turn our attention away from the inclination to evil and concentrate it on the remembrance of God; for good, which exists by nature, is more powerful than our inclination to evil. The one has existence while the other has not, except when we give it existence through our actions.

St. Diadochos of Photiki


Do Not Forsake…

Do not forsake prayer, for just as the body becomes weak when it is deprived of food, so also the soul when it is deprived of prayer draws nigh to weakness and noetic death. Saint Gennadius of Constantinople.

Catechism #4 The Son

I believe and confess that our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is the Word of God before
the ages, the co-eternal Son of the unoriginate Father, and that He Himself is also without
beginning. He is true God of true God, Light of Light, the uncreated and Only-begotten Son. He is consubstantial with the Father, that is, He is of one essence with the Father yet remains unconfused with the Father.

The Father begets the Son outside of time and without beginning, and there was never a
time when the Father was without His Son, through Whom all things visible and invisible were created. He became incarnate in time in the womb of the Virgin Mary by the power of the Holy Spirit and became man. I believe and confess that He was perfect God and perfect man from the very moment of His Incarnation.

I confess that He has two natures: the fullness of the divine nature, for, according to the
Scriptures, “in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily” (Col. 2:9), and the fullness of human nature, even as He proclaims Himself to be the “Son of Man.” I worship two inseparable and unmingled natures in Him, united in one person. (Consider as an example an iron made red hot by fire: one may cut with the iron and burn with the fire; although the two elements are distinct, yet, in this case, they are inseparable.)

I confess Christ as being not subject to suffering in His Godhead, but subject to suffering
in His manhood. He descended to earth while yet filling the Heavens. He became incarnate in the virginal womb without departing from the bosom of the Father. I confess a condescension of the Godhead but not a change of place.

I also acknowledge that there are two wills and operations (or energies) in Him, the
divine and the human, even as He Himself demonstrated to us at the tomb of Lazarus. The two wills and operations are in harmony, but the one does not absorb the other. I worship two natures and two wills and two energies, but one Person and one Hypostasis.

According to Saint Irenaeus of Lyons, He is the visible of the invisible Father, even as the
Father is the invisible of the Son, and it is through the Son that we are created in the image of God.

All Men Are Made…

All men are made in God’s image; but to be in His likeness is granted only to those who through great love have brought their own freedom into subjection to God. For only when we do not belong to ourselves do we become like Him who through love has reconciled us to Himself. No one achieves this unless he persuades his soul not to be distracted by the false glitter of this life.

St. Diadochos of Photiki

Our prayer must be deep…

Our prayer must be deep, sincere, wise, and fruitful; it must change our heart, direct
our will to good, withdrawing us from evil. Superficial prayer is hypocrisy, a mocking at
sacred things—vain prayer. “This people draweth nigh unto Me with their mouth, and
honoureth Me with their lips; but their heart is far from Me.”
St. John of Kronstadt

The Belly…

One of the saints said : ‘ If you wish to bear malice, bear malice against the demons, and if you wish to be hostile, be always hostile to the body. The flesh is a deceitful friend, and when pampered rises against you all the more.’ And: ‘ Bear enmity to the body and wage war against the belly.’
St. Hesychius of Jerusalem; On Sobriety and Prayer