04 May 2012

Patristic Quote of the Day

Let us knock at the very fair garden of the Scriptures, so fragrant and sweet and blooming, with its varied sounds of spiritual and divinely-inspired birds ringing all round our ears, laying hold of our hearts, comforting the mourner, pacifying the angry and filling him with joy everlasting.  Scripture sets our mind on the gold-gleaming, brilliant back of the divine dove (Psalm 68:13), whose bright pinions bear us up to the only-begotten Son and heir of the master of the house (Matt. 21:37) of that spiritual vineyard and bring us through Him to the Father of lights (James 1:17). -- St. John of Damascus, An Exact Exposition of the Orthodox Faith, 4.7

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