How Can We Repay God? – Basil of Caesarea

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What words can adequately describe God’s gifts? They are so many that they cannot be numbered. They are so great that any one of them demands our total gratitude in response. Yet even though we cannot speak of it worthily, there is one gift which no thoughtful man can pass over in silence. God fashioned man in his own image and likeness; … Read More

The Binding Power Of Love – Clement of Rome

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Who can express the binding power of divine love? Who can find words for the splendour of its beauty? Beyond all description are the heights to which it lifts us. Love unites us to God; it cancels innumerable sins, has no limits to its endurance, bears everything patiently. Love is neither servile nor arrogant. It does not provoke schisms or … Read More

Unity Through Love – Ignatius of Antioch

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Ignatius was Bishop of Antioch from 67 to 107 AD.  On his way to martyrdom in Rome he wrote a letter to the church at Ephesus urging them to unity. In practical terms this comes from spending time together with other Christians, a natural consequence of faith seeking love.  He writes: Try to gather together more frequently to give thanks to God and to praise … Read More

The Baptism of Jesus – Gregory Nazianzus

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Christ is bathed in light; let us also be bathed in light. Christ is baptized; let us also go down with him, and rise with him. John is baptising when Jesus draws near. Perhaps he comes to sanctify his baptiser; certainly he comes to bury sinful humanity in the waters. He comes to sanctify the Jordan for our sake and … Read More

Why Should We Confess Our Sins To God? – Chrysostom

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Even if you do not confess, God is not ignorant of the deed, since He knew it before it was committed. Why then do you not speak of it? Does the transgression become heavier by the confession? No, it become lighter and less troublesome. And this is why He wants you to confess: not that you should be punished, but … Read More

God On Earth, Man In Heaven; And All Became Mingled Together – Chrysostom

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Yea, for it was removal of punishment, and remission of sins, and “righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption,” and adoption, and an inheritance of Heaven, and a relationship unto the Son of God, which he came declaring unto all; to enemies, to the perverse, to them that were sitting in darkness. What then could ever be equal to these good tidings? … Read More

The Marvel of the Incarnation – Gregory Nazianzus

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The very Son of God, older than the ages, the invisible, the incomprehensible, the incorporeal, the beginning of beginning, the light of light, the fountain of life and immortality, the image of the archetype, the immovable seal, the perfect likeness, the definition and word of the Father: he it is who comes to his own image and takes our nature … Read More

Learn From Jesus How To Love – Aphrahat

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This is how our Saviour taught us diligently to manifest love: first he perfected it in himself, and then he taught those who heard him. He reconciled our enmity with his Father because he loved us, and he yielded up his innocence in the place of the debtors, and the Good in place of the evil ones was put to … Read More

Athanasius on The Incarnation

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“The Word perceived that corruption could not be got rid of otherwise than through death; yet He Himself, as the Word, being immortal and the Father’s Son, was such as could not die. For this reason, therefore, He assumed a body capable of death, in order that it, through belonging to the Word Who is above all, might become in … Read More