“The whole earth is a living icon of the face of God. …
I do not worship matter. I worship the Creator of matter
who became matter for my sake, who willed to take His abode in matter,
who worked out my salvation through matter.
Never will I cease honoring the matter which wrought my salvation! I honour it
but not as God. Because of this I salute all remaining matter with reverence
because God has filled it with his grace and power.
Through it my salvation has come to me.”
“The saints must be honoured as friends of Christ
and children and heirs of God. Let us carefully
observe the manner of life of all the apostles,
martyrs, ascetics and just men who announced
the coming of the Lord. And let us emulate their
faith, charity, hope, zeal, life, patience under suffering
and perseverance unto death so that we may also
share their crowns of glory.”
“Angels are intelligent reflections of light,
that original light which has no beginning.
They can illuminate.
They do not need tongues or ears,
for they can communicate without speech, in thought.”
~~~ St John Damascene – Father and Doctor of the Church (Saint of the Day)