Church Fathers Speak

Mark the Ascetic

There is a sin which is always mortal.  It is the sin for which we do not repent.

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The Way of the Ascetics

Once you recognize the darkness in your own heart and the weakness of your flesh, you lose all desire to pass judgement on your neighbour.

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St. John Chrysostom

If you have sinned and fallen, rise-please arise.  For the good and loving Master who was put to shame by your sin is beside you and does not refuse to dwell with you.  Give Him your hand.

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St. Irenaeus

One should not seek among others the truth that can be easily gotten from the Church.  For in her, as in a rich treasury, the apostles have placed all that pertains to truth, so that everyone can drink…

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St. Irenaeus of Lyons, Against Heresies, V.27

God gives His communion to all who love Him.  Communion with God is life and light and sweetness with all the good things that He has.  But those who, of their own will, forsake Him He rewards with…

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