02 January 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

It was for thy sake Christ was crucified; so will He cast thee aside? He knows who oppresses us. He knows that we have no other help but Him alone. Christ knows that man is miserable. Do not give thyself up to despair and apathy, assuming that thou hast been prepared for the fire. Christ derives no consolation from thrusting us into the fire; He gains nothing if He sends us into the abyss to be tormented. - St. Ephrem the Syrian, *A Spiritual Psalter* #27

3 comments:

cheryl said...

that just warms my heart :)

William Weedon said...

Mine too. I just love St. Ephrem. His call to repentance is stern, but his comfort is sweet indeed.

Anonymous said...

Great quote. It seems that I've seen that one before!