"For Christians the Cross is magnification, glory, and power: for all our power is in the power of Christ Who was crucified; and all our sinfulness is mortified by the death of Christ on the Cross; and all our exaltation and our glory are in the humility of God, Who humbled Himself to such an extent that He was pleased to die even between evil-doers and thieves."
St. Symeon the New Theologian
"God who is beyond fullness did not bring creatures into being out of any need of his, but that he might enjoy their proportionate participation in him and that he might delight in his works seeing them delighted and ever insatiably satisfied with the one who is inexhaustable."
St. Maximus Confessor, Four Hundred Chapters on Love
"The common outcry, which is justly made on behalf of human rights -- for example, the right to health, to home, to work, to family, to culture -- is false and illusory if the right to life is not defended with maximum determination."
Pope John Paul II
"Stay close to Jesus."
Abba Paul, Sayings of the Desert Fathers
"Because I live, you also will live."
"But our opinion is in accordance with the Eucharist, and the Eucharist in turn establishes our opinion."
St. Irenaeus, Against Heresies
"They aim for justice, but having denied Christ they will end by flooding the world with blood."
Fyodor Dostoevsky, Brothers Karamazov
"Mrs. May winced. She thought the word, Jesus, should be kept inside the church building like other words inside the bedroom. She was a good Christian woman with a large respect for religion, though she did not, of course, believe any of it was true."
Flannery O'Connor, Greenleaf
On Meekness and Humility
"Learn of me," he says, "becasue I am meek and humble of heart." Meekness keeps the temper steady, and humility frees the mind from conceit and vainglory.
St. Maximus Confessor, The Four Hundred Chapters on Love