GREAT LENT: The Twenty-Fifth Day
"In time of religious peace, we take up our cross and follow Christ by putting our evil passions and desires to death through virtuous living. But when persecutions come, we must despise our own life, give up our soul for the sake of our Faith and therefore take up our cross and follow the Lord, so as to inherit eternal life. 'He that finds his life,' says the Scripture, 'shall lose it; and he that loses his life for My sake shall find it.' (MATT. 10:39)
- St. Gregory Palamas
"Sin is a blazing fire. The less fuel you give it, the faster it dies down; the more you feed it, the more it burns."
- St. Mark the Ascetic
"This is the great work of a human being: always to take the blame for his own sins before God and to expect temptation to his last breath."
- St. Anthony the Great