Wherefore, the man who lives in love reaps life from God, and while yet in this world, he even now breathes the air of the resurrection; in this air the righteous will delight in the resurrection. Love is the Kingdom, whereof the Lord mystically promised His disciples to eat in His Kingdom. For when we hear Him say ‘ye shall eat and drink at the table of my Kingdom,’ what do we suppose we shall eat, if not love? Love is sufficient to nourish a man instead of food and drink.
St. Isaac the Syrian
If repentance is too much for you, and you sin out of habit even when you do not want to, show humility like the publican; this is enough to ensure your salvation.
St. Peter of Damascus
Mother (St.) Syncletiki said: “Imitate the Publican and you will not be condemned with the Pharisee.
Choose the meekness of Moses and you will find your heart which is a rock changed into a spring of water.”
Read this first.
If we want something, we get it. If we need something, we get it, we work for it. I think we can all intellectualize and admit this.
And so truly, nothing is in our way of holiness and salvation.
Do not despise any man, however poor he may be; but behave with full respect and
kindness to every well-intentioned man, especially to the poor, as to our members worthy of compassion—or, rather, to members of Christ—otherwise you will cruelly wound your soul. O, how easy it would appear to be to live in simplicity and love, and yet how difficult it is for our corrupt hearts to live in love! At every step there is a pretext for enmity against our brother.
St. John of Kronstadt
Abba Daniel also said, ‘The body prospers in the measure in which the soul is weakened, and the soul prospers
in the measure in which the body is weakened.’
-Collected Sayings of the Desert Fathers
Abba Moses said: “Strength, for a person who desires to acquire virtues, consists in not losing heart when he happens to fall, but in continuing once more upon his way. Not to fall is characteristic only of Angels.”