Knowing the last day is coming is useful to us, and not knowing when it is coming is just as useful. Thus, we may have no fear of that day, but even love it. For that day increases the task of unbelievers but ends the task of believers.
It is now in your power to choose which of these possibilities you desire, before that day arrives. But once it has arrived, this possibility will no longer exist. So make your choice now, while you have time, because God mercifully delays what He conceals.
- Commentary on Psalm 36, 1
Prayer. O happy home! O land of safety! May I dwell there in security! From there I shall not seek to depart, for no safer place shall I find.
All my desire is before Thee, O Lord. For our desire is not before human beings, who cannot read our heart.
Therefore, let your desire be always before God; and your Father Who sees in secret will repay you. For your constant desire is your prayer; and if your desire is constant, so is your prayer constant.
- Commentary on Psalm 37, 14
Prayer. Lord, whatever Thou give me is too little for me. Be Thyself my inheritance! I love Thee without reserve: with all my heart and all my soul and all my mind. Of what value is anything Thou give me that is not Thyself!
Reaching Milan, I found Thy devoted servant Ambrose, who was known throughout the world as a man whom there were few to equal in goodness.
Unknown to me, it was Thee Who led me to him, so that I might knowlingly be led by him to Thee.
- Confessions 5, 13
Prayer. Let me now seek Thee, O Lord, calling upon Thee. And let me call upon Thee, believing in Thee, for Thou have been preached to us. My faith calls upon Thee - a faith that Thou have inspired in me by the Incarnation of Thy Son through the ministry of Thy preacher.
O Manifest infirmity, O wondrous humility, in which all the greatness of God lay hidden! The Mother to Whom His infancy was subject, He ruled with His power; and to Her at whose breasts He nursed, He gave the nourishment of truth.
May He Who did not shrink from making a beginning like ours, perfect in us His gifts. And may He also make us children of God, He Who for our sakes wished to become a human child.
- Sermon 184, 3
Prayer. Let our beautiful God, the Word with God, come to us that we may gaze upon Him with the eyes of our minds.
The only Son of God was to come to earth, to become a man, and in this nature to be born as man. He was to die, to rise again, to ascend to heaven, to sit at the right hand of the Father, and to fulfill His promises among the nations.
After that He was to come again to execute His threats against the wicked and to reward the just as He had promised.
- Commentary on Psalm 110, 3
Prayer. Lord, we are Thy little flock; we belong to Thee. Spread Thy wings that we may take refuge under them. Be our glory, let us be loved for Thy sake, and let Thy word be feared in our midst.