SAINT JOHN CHRYSOSTOM

J.Crysostom

1. God loves us more than a father, mother, friend, or anyone else could love, and even more than we are able to love ourselves.

2. “The potency of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it hath bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt.”

3. “If then we have angels, let us be sober, as though we were in the presence of tutors; for there is a demon present also.”

4. Of all the afflictions that burden the human race, there is not one, whether spiritual or bodily, that cannot be healed by the Holy Scriptures.

5. Every time that we sin, we are born of the devil. But every time that we do good, we are born of God.

6. A mother experiences more than one death, even though she herself will only die once. She fears for her husband; she fears for her children; again she fears for the women and children who belong to her children. … For each of these-whether for loss of possessions, bodily illness, or undesired misfortune-she mourns and grieves no less than those who suffer.

7. It is impossible to be saved without the help of the Most Blessed Virgin, because those who are not saved by the justice of God are saved by the intercession of Mary.

8. ON THE JESUS PRAYER :                                                                                                                          …constantly call: “Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon me!” in order that this remembrance of the Name of our Lord Jesus should incite you to battle with the enemy. By this remembrance, a soul forcing itself to do this practice can discover everything which is within, both good and bad. First, it will see within, in the heart, what is bad, and later — what is good. This remembrance is for rousing the serpent, and the remembrance is for subduing it. This remembrance can reveal the sin living in us, and this remembrance can destroy it. This remembrance can arouse all the enemy hosts in the heart, and little by little this remembrance can conquer and uproot them.

The Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, descending into the depths of the heart, will subdue the serpent holding sway over the pastures of the heart, and will save our soul and bring it to life. Thus abide constantly with the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that the heart swallows the Lord and the Lord the heart, and the two become one. But this work is not done in one or two days; it needs many years and a long time. For great and prolonged labor is needed to cast out the foe so that Christ dwells in us….

For this great work demands great forcing, since “straight is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to life” (Matthew 7:14). And only those who force themselves enter the Kingdom of Heaven, for the “violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12). I implore you therefore not to withdraw your hearts from God, but to watch them and guard them by constant remembrance of our Lord Jesus Christ, until the name of our Lord Jesus Christ is deeply rooted in your heart and you cease to think of aught but glorifying the Lord in you.  

9. ” ‘ If ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.’ So the beginning is up to us, and we ourselves have control over the judgment that is to be passed upon us. For in order that no one . might have any complaint to make, either great or small, when brought to judgment; on you, who are to give an account, He causes the sentence to depend; and ‘in what way you have judged for yourself, in the same . do I also judge you.’ And if you forgive your fellow servant, you shalt obtain the same favor from me; though indeed the one is not equal to the other. For you forgive in your need, whereas God has no need: you forgive your fellow slave; God forgives His slave: you are liable to numberless transgressions; but God is without sin. But even here He shows forth His lovingkindness towards man.”

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