Quote/s of the Day – 6 March – The First Sunday of Lent – 2 Cor.inthians 6:1-10, Matthew 4:1-1
“Temptations to sin are sure to come
but woe to the person through whom they occur!
It would be better for him,
if a millstone were put around his neck
and he be thrown into the sea,
than for him to cause
one of these little ones to sin…”
“He says that these temptations must come.
Is this then because God, who governs all,
forces people to their commission of sin?
Away with the thought!
Nothing that is evil comes from Him.
He is the fountain of all virtue.
Why then must this happen?
They clearly happen because of our infirmity,
for all of us stumble in many things,
as it is written.
Nevertheless, He says, that there will be woe
to the person who lays the stumbling blocks
in the way.
He does not leave indifference in these things
without rebuke but restrains it by fear of punishment. He still commands us to bear with patience ” those who cause sins to happen.”
St Cyril of Alexandria (376-444)
Father & Doctor
“A man must fight long and bravely
against himself before he learns
to master himself fully
and to direct all his affections toward God. ”
… The devil does not sleep,
nor is the flesh yet dead,
therefore, you must never cease
your preparation for battle
because, on the right and on the left
are enemies who never rest.”
Thomas à Kempis CRSA (1380-1471)
“When you gossip about a person it means
that you have removed the person from your heart.
But be aware, when you remove a man from your heart,
Jesus also goes away from your heart with that man.”