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St. Maximos the Confessor: Just as the thought of fire does not warm the body . . .

Icon of St. Maximos the Confessor“Just as the thought of fire does not warm the body, so faith without love does not actualize the light of spiritual knowledge in the soul.

Just as the light of the sun attracts a healthy eye, so through love knowledge of God naturally draws to itself the pure intellect.”

+ St. Maximos the Confessor, Four Hundred Texts on Love 1.31-32, The Philokalia: The Complete Text (Vol. 2)

St. Tikhon of Zadonsk: When pride retreats from a man, humility . . .

Icon of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk“When pride retreats from a man, humility begins to dwell in him, and the more pride is diminished, so much more does humility grow. The one gives way to the other as to its opposite. Darkness departs and light appears. Pride is darkness, but humility is light.”

— St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, Journey to Heaven: Counsels on the Particular Duties of Every Christian

St. John Chrysostom: Just as those deprived of light . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom“Just as those who are deprived of light cannot walk straight, so also those who do not behold the ray of the Holy Scriptures must necessarily sin, since they walk in the deepest darkness.”

— St. John Chrysostom, Conversations on the Epistle to the Romans, 0.1