The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us. Whoever deliberately commits abortion is subject to the penalty for homicide.— Saint Basil
The most mouth-watering Saint Basil quotes that are little-known but priceless
He who plants kindness gathers love.
I have learned from Jesus Christ Himself what charity is, and how we ought to practise it; for He says: "By this shall all men know that ye are My disciples, if ye love one another." Never can I, therefore, please myself in the hope that I may obtain the name of a servant of Christ if I possess not a true and unfeigned charity within me.
We need not only read Sacred Scripture, but learn it as well and grow up in it.
Realize that nothing is written in Scripture unnecessarily. Not to read Sacred Scripture is a great evil.
Many a man curses the rain that falls upon his head, and knows not that it brings abundance to drive away the hunger.
It is not he who begins well who is perfect. It is he who ends well who is approved in God's sight.
The human being is an animal who has received the vocation to become God.
There is still time for endurance, time for patience, time for healing, time for change. Have you slipped? Rise up. Have you sinned? Cease. Do not stand among sinners, but leap aside.
While we try to amass wealth, make piles of money, get hold of the land as our real property, overtop one another in riches, we have palpably cast off justice, and lost the common good. I should like to know how any man can be just, who is deliberately aiming to get out of someone else what he wants for himself.
The steam of meat darkens the light of the spirit.
..One hardly can have virtue when one enjoys meat meals and feasts.
The sun penetrates crystal and makes it more dazzling.
In the same way, the sanctifying Spirit indwells in souls and makes them more radiant. They become like so many powerhouses beaming grace and love around them.
The bread which you use is the bread of the hungry;
the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.
Every divine action begins from the Father, proceeds through the Son, and is completed in the Holy Spirit.
They who sow courtesy reap friendship, and they who plant kindness gather love.
The bread you store up belongs to the hungry;
the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.
As the pilot of a vessel is tried in the storm;
as the wrestler is tried in the ring, the soldier in the battle, and the hero in adversity: so is the Christian tried in temptation.
Lust hath these three companions: the first, blindness of understanding;
the second, hardness of heart; the third, want of grace.
Drunkenness, the ruin of reason, the destruction of strength, premature old age, momentary death.
Just as a very little fresh water is blown away by a storm of wind and dust, in like manner the good deeds, that we think we do in this life, are overwhelmed by the multitude of evils.
O sinner, be not discouraged, but have recourse to Mary in all you necessities.
Call her to your assistance, for such is the divine Will that she should help in every kind of necessity.
If you see your neighbor in sin, don't look only at this, but also think about what he has done or does that is good, and infrequently trying this in general, while not partialy judging, you will find that he is better than you.
Therefore, let God inspired Scripture decide between us;
and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the Word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth
Indulging in unrestrained and immoderate laughter is a sign of intemperance, of a want of control over one's emotions, and of failure to repress the soul's frivolity by a stern use of reason.
All who call the Holy Ghost a creature we pity, on the ground that, by this utterance, they are falling into the unpardonable sin of blasphemy against Him.
A woman who deliberately destroys a fetus is answerable for murder.
And any fine distinction as to its being completely formed or unformed is not admissible amongst us.
We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them.
Extirpate two thoughts within thyself: do not consider thyself worthy of anything great, and do not think that any other man is much lower than thou in worthiness. Learn humble mindedness beforehand, which the Lord commanded in word and showed forth in deed. Hence, do not expect obedience from others, but be ready for obedience thyself.
Liberated from the error of pagan tradition through the benevolence and loving kindness of the good God with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and by the operation of the Holy Spirit, I was reared from the very beginning by Christian parents. From them I learned even in babyhood the Holy Scriptures which led me to a knowledge of the truth.
Reprimand and rebuke should be accepted as healing remedies for vice and as conducive to good health. From this it is clear that those who pretend to be tolerant because they wish to flatter---those who thus fail to correct sinners---actually cause them to suffer supreme loss and plot the destruction of that life which is their true life.
Wherever you may go, the least plant may bring you clear remembrance of the Creator.
He who confesses magic or sorcery shall do penance for the time of murder, and shall be treated in the same manner as he who convicts himself of this sin.
You can see that a city is prosperous by the wealth of goods for sale in the market. Land too we call prosperous if it bears rich fruit. And so also the soul may be counted prosperous if it is full of good works of every kind.
He who sows courtesy reaps friendship.
Whatever requires an undue amount of thought or trouble or involves a large expenditure of effort and causes our whole life to revolve, as it were, around solicitude for the flesh must be avoided by Christians.
Beside each believer stands an Angel as protector and shepherd, leading him to life.
The Christian ought not to say anything behind his brother's back with the object of calumniating him, for this is slander, even if what is said is true. He ought to turn away from the brother who speaks evil against him?
What is the mark of love for your neighbor? Not to seek what is for your own benefit, but what is for the benefit of the one loved, both in body and in soul.
Do not measure your loss by itself; if you do, it will seem intolerable; but if you will take all human affairs into account you will find that some comfort is to be derived from them.
If everyone would take only according to his needs and would leave the surplus to the needy, no one would be rich, no one poor, no one in misery.
Troubles are usually the brooms and shovels that smooth the road to a good man's fortune.
We must always be on guard lest, under the pretext of keeping one commandment, we be found breaking another.
In the very nature of every human being has been sown the seed of the ability to love. You and I ought to welcome this seed, cultivate it carefully, nourish it attentively and foster its growth by going to the school of God's commandments with help of His grace.
Truly unexpected tidings make both ears tingle.
What is the benefit of fasting in our body while filling our souls with innumerable evils? He who does not play at dice, but spends his leisure otherwise, what nonsense does he not utter? What absurdities does he not listen to? Leisure without the fear of God is, for those who do not know how to use time, the teacher of wickedness.
Resolve to treat the things in your possession as belonging to others.
No one who is in this world will deny that evils exist.
What, then, do we say? That evil is not a living and animated substance, but a condition of the soul which is opposed to virtue and which springs up In the slothful because of their falling away from good.
Let sleep itself be an exercise in piety, for such as our life and conduct have been, so also of necessity will be our dreams.
We do not accost a physician as we do any mere nobody;
nor a magistrate as we do a private individual. We try to get some advantage from the skill of the one and the position of the other. Walk in the sun, and your shadow will follow you, whether you will or not.
Men whose sense of taste is destroyed by sickness, sometimes think honey sour.
A diseased eye does not see many things which do exist, and notes many things which do not exist. The same thing frequently takes place with regard to the force of words, when the critic is inferior to the writer.
Do not despise the fish because they are absolutely unable to speak or to reason, but fear lest you may be even more unreasonable than they by resisting the command of the Creator. Listen to the fish, who through their actions all but utter this word: 'We set out on this long journey for the perpetuation of our species.