Come, follow Me, says the Lord. Do you love? He has hastened on, He has flown on ahead. Look and see where.
O Christian, don't you know where your Lord has gone? I ask you: Don't you wish to follow Him there? Through trials, insults, the cross, and death. Why do you hesitate? Look, the way has been shown you.
- Sermon 345, 6
Prayer. O Lord my God, Thou alone do I love. Thou alone do I follow. Thou alone do I seek. Thou alone am I prepared to serve, for Thou alone justly rule, and under Thy authority I long to be.
Unite with the good - whom you will easily find if you are the same yourself - to worship and love God together without recompense. For He Himself will be all our reward, so that in the life to come we may enjoy His goodness and beauty.
However, we must love Him not as something we see with our eyes, but as we love wisdom, truth, sanctity, righteousness, charity, and the like, not as they appear in us but as they exist in the very source of incorruptible and unchangeable wisdom.
Little by little,after my mother's death, I began to recover my former feeling about Thy handmaid. I remembered how loving and devout was her conversation with Thee and how pleasant and considerate her conversation with me, of which I was now suddenly deprived.
And I found solace in weeping in Thy sight both for her and for myself.
- Confession 9, 12
Prayer. Lord, let no one tear my mother, Monica, away from Thy protection.
If the cry to the Lord uttered by those who pray is made with the sound of the bodily voice without the heart being turned to God, who can doubt that it is made in vain? But if it come from the heart, even if the bodily voice is silent, it can be concealed from everyone else but not from God.
Therefore, when we pray - whether aloud as required or silently - to God, our cry must come from the heart.
- Commentary on Psalm 118(29), 1
Prayer. Lord, no heart is so closed as to shut out Thy eye. Let my soul praise Thee that it may love Thee and proclaim Thy mercies.
Remember this. When people choose to withdraw far from a fire, the fire continues to give warmth, but they grow cold. When people choose to withdraw far from light, the light continues to be bright in itself but they are in darkness.
This is also the case when people withdraw from God; and this is why those who praise themselves cannot praise God.
- Sermon 170, 11
Prayer. The human being is one of Thy creatures, Lord, and its instinct is to praise Thee.
People who change their way of life and begin to think about making spiritual progress also begin to suffer from the tongues of detractors.
Whoever has not yet suffered this trial has not yet made progress, and whoever is not ready to suffer it does not even endeavor to progress.
- Commentary on Psalm 119, 3
Prayer. Come to my aid, O God, the one eternal, true reality! In Thee there is no strife, no disorder, no change, no need, and no death; only supreme clarity, supreme permanence, supreme fullness, and supreme life.
Envision the extraordinary brilliance and effects of the light in sun and moon and stars, in the dark shades of a glade, in the colors and scents of flowers. Then there is the grandeur of the spectacle of the sea at it slips on and off its many colors like robes.
All these are mere consolations for us, not the rewards of the blessed. What can such rewards be like, then, if such things here are so many, so great, and of such quality?
- City of God 22, 24
Prayer. Look at the heavens and the earth: in their steady change alteration they proclaim that they were made, and their very existence is itself the voice with which they speak. It was Thee, O Lord, Who created them.
Obviously, those who claim to abide in Christ ought to walk as He walked. Should we then walk on water? That is beyond us! What we must do is walk in the way of righteousness. In what way? I have already mentioned it. He was fixed upon the cross, and yet He was walking in this very way-the way of charity: “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.” If, therefore, you have learned to pray for your enemy, you are walking in the way of the Lord.
- Sermon on John 1, 9
Prayer. Lord, show me the road I must travel that I may see Thee.
Know that those who have love are born of God; those who do not have it are not born of God. This is the distinctive sign par excellence. No matter what else you might have, if you lack this, it profits you nothing. And no matter what else you lack, if you have this you have fulfilled the law.
- Sermon on John 5, 7
Prayer. O God, be my inheritance, for I love Thee totally. With all my heart, with all my mind, I love Thee.
My ambition as a youth was to apply to the study of the Holy Scriptures all the refinement of dialects. I did so, but without the humility of the true searcher. I was supposed to knock at the door so that it would open for me. Instead I was pushing it closed, trying to understand in pride what is only learned in humility. However, the all-merciful Lord lifted me up and kept me safe.
- Sermon 51, 6
Prayer. O God, my Father, I am seeking Thee, not making statements about Thee. Help me and guide me.