Saint Isaac the Syrian on Doing At Least the Little Things

St. Isaac the Syrian

St. Isaac the Syrian

If you cannot be merciful, at least speak as though you are a sinner. If you are not a peacemaker, at least do not be a troublemaker. If you cannot be assiduous, at least in your thought be unlike like a sluggard. If you are not victorious, do not exalt yourself over the vanquished. If you cannot close the mouth of a man who disparages his companion, at least refrain from joining him in this.

* This excerpt is from “The Ascetical Homilies of St. Isaac the Syrian”

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