The soul that loves God has its rest in God and in God alone. In all the paths that men walk in in the world, they do not attain peace until they draw nigh to hope in God.
St. Isaac the Syrian
“Be brave and firm in spirit in your faith and hope in the mercies of the gracious Lord, that in the situations that seem to be opposing us He is working out our salvation. Acknowledge your weakness and your failure to submit to the will of God and to fulfill His commandments. From this acknowledgement you will obtain humility for yourself and you will see the help of God.” St. Leo of Optina
Men have fallen into unbelief because they have either completely lost the spirit of prayer, or they never had it at all, nor have it now- in short, because they do not pray. The prince of this world has full scope for action in the hearts of such men; he becomes their master. They have not asked and do not ask God’s grace in prayer (for God’s gifts are only given to those who ask and seek) and thus their hearts, corrupt by nature, become dried up without the vivifying dew of the Holy Spirit, and at last from their extreme dryness they take fire, and blaze with the infernal flame of unbelief and various passions, and the Devil only knows how to inflame the passions that keep up this terrible fire, and triumphs at the sight of the ruin of the unfortunate souls that redeemed by the blood of Him Who has trampled the power of Satan underfoot.
St. John of Kronstadt
By its nature, water is soft while a stone is hard. However, when it runs along a
watercourse and drips on a stone, it slowly but surely makes a hole in it. Likewise, the word of God is soft while our hearts are tough. However, if a person frequently listens to the Word of God, his heart softens and becomes capable to accept the fear of God. St. Abba Pimen
“Just as a good act performed without genuine faith is quite dead and ineffective, so too faith alone without works of righteousness does not save us from eternal fire; for ‘he who loves Me’, says the Lord, ‘will keep My commandments’, (cf John 14: 45, 23). If, then, we love the Lord and believe in Him, we shall exert ourselves to fulfill His commandments, so as to be granted eternal life. But how can we call ourselves faithful if we neglect to keep His ordinances, which all creation obeys, and if, although we have been honored above all creation, we are the only creatures who disobey the Creator and show ourselves ungrateful to our Benefactor?” +St. Theodoros the Great Ascetic, “Century of Spiritual Texts” the Philokalia
I tell people all the time that if we treated our spouses and children like we treat God, there would be hell to pay. Can you imagine telling your spouse that you love them, yet you live in a different house with a different family, rarely speaking to them? Even more simply, let us ask ourselves: If we love our spouses (and of course, we do!) and we look at how we love them, do we who say ‘we love God’ show Him love that can even compare? Then, turn that around and ask ourselves how our relationship would be if we showed our spouses the love we show God.
Love moves. It lives and breathes. If it doesn’t it is dead and so are we.
So let us love, and let us live. Let us truly live!