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Friday, December 23, 2005

Sayings of the Holy Fathers:

"When you fall, rise, and when you sin, repent. Just never let the poison of despair penetrate into your heart, seeing the great sea of God's compassion."

St. Ephraim



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"Our true healer can cure our pains. He took our body and offered Himself for us and for our sins. For our ignorance, He took the likeness of ignorance and for our weakness, He took the likeness of our weakness. For our poverty, He took the likeness of our poverty. For our death, He tasted death. He was patient in all these things for our sake."

St. Antony the Great


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The Lord does not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he should repent and live. There is a time of longsuffering, a time of healing, a time of correction. Have you stumbled? Arise. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand in the way of sinners, but spring away.

St. Basil the Great