11 May 2009

Patristic Quote of the Day

Many have believed in Christ, and celebrate the holy festivals in His honour; and frequenting the churches they also hear the doctrines of the Gospel: but they lay up in their mind of the truths of Scripture absolutely nothing. And it is with difficulty that the practice of virtue is brought with them even to this extent, while of spiritual fruitfulness their heart is quite bare. These too shall weep bitterly, and gnash their teeth; for the Lord shall deny them also. For He has said, that "not every one that says unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that does the will of My Father Who is in heaven." -- St. Cyril of Alexandria, Homily on Luke 13

2 comments:

orthodoxy hunter said...

Wow! Is there at date on that writing?

William Weedon said...

St. Cyril of Alexandria lived from about A.D. 367 to 444. I think the Lucan material dates from around 430 or so.