The Precepts of the Christian Religion is Humility

“I was always exceedingly delighted with that saying of Chrysostom, "The foundation of our philosophy is humility"; and yet more pleased with that of Augustine: "As the orator, when asked, What is the first precept in eloquence? answered, Delivery: … [Continue reading]

The Hard, Difficult Life of the Saints

“All whom the Lord has chosen and received into the society of his saints ought to prepare themselves for a life that is hard, difficult, laborious and full of countless griefs.” … [Continue reading]

Self-Confidence & the Spirit

“There is no worse screen to block out the Spirit than confidence in our own intelligence.” … [Continue reading]

We Should Ask God to Increase Our Hope When it is Small

“We should ask God to increase our hope when it is small, awaken it when it is dormant, confirm it when it is wavering, strengthen it when it is weak, and raise it up when it is overthrown.” … [Continue reading]

Our Prayer Must not be Self-centered

"Our prayer must not be self-centered. It must arise not only because we feel our own need as a burden we must lay upon God, but also because we are so bound up in love for our fellow men that we feel their need as acutely as our own. To make … [Continue reading]

Man’s Mind is Like a Store of Idolatry

Man's mind is like a store of idolatry and superstition; so much so that if a man believes his own mind it is certain that he will forsake God and forge some idol in his own brain. … [Continue reading]