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  • Sedrak, Mark
    Prayer is the spirit standing facing its creator via its understanding of its renewal by the Holy Spirit where the spirit takes from Christ its early image of
    Message 1 of 19 , Dec 8, 2003
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      "Prayer is the spirit standing facing its creator via its understanding of
      its renewal by the Holy Spirit where the spirit takes from Christ its early
      image of sonship that she lost through sin. It approaches God the Father
      with boldness, as invited at all times, as a creation continuously attracted
      towards its creator or as a son who is not comforted except in the bosom of
      his Father."

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      What is a merciful heart? It is a heart that burns with love for the whole creation—for men, for birds, for beasts, for demons and for every creature. Isaac
      Message 2 of 19 , Dec 25, 2004
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        What is a merciful heart? It is a heart that burns with love for the
        whole creation—for men, for birds, for beasts, for demons and for
        every creature.

        Isaac the Syrian
      • Sedrak, Mark
        Let yourself die in striving rather than living in laziness. For those who die trying to keep the commandments are martyrs just as those who died for Christ s
        Message 3 of 19 , Nov 8, 2005
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          Isaac the Syrian

          Let yourself die in striving rather than living in laziness. For those who die trying to keep the commandments are martyrs just as those who died for Christs faith.

          Isaac the Syrian

        • Sedrak, Mark
          Just as the poor should give thanks to God and return rich love to those who assist them, so all the more should the wealthy give thanks, for through God s
          Message 4 of 19 , Mar 6, 2006
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            Just as the poor should give thanks to God and return rich love to those who assist them, so all the more should the wealthy give thanks, for through God’s providence they are able to perform acts of charity and so are saved both in this age and in the age to be. For without the poor they cannot save their souls or flee the temptations of wealth.

             

            Isaac the Syrian

             

          • Sedrak, Mark
            Humility of heart comes about in a person for two causes: either from precise knowledge of their sins, or from recollection of the greatness of God. Isaac the
            Message 5 of 19 , Mar 20, 2006
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              Humility of heart comes about in a person for two causes: either from precise knowledge of their sins, or from recollection of the greatness of God.

               

              Isaac the Syrian

               

            • Mark Sedrak
              There is not a single virtue before repentance. Isaac the Syrian
              Message 6 of 19 , Dec 10, 2006
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                There is not a single virtue before repentance.

                 

                Isaac the Syrian

                 

              • Mark Sedrak
                Be dead in life, and you will not live in death. Let your soul die strenuously, and not live in weakness. Not only those who suffer death for the sake of faith
                Message 7 of 19 , Sep 17, 2007
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                  Be dead in life, and you will not live in death. Let your soul die strenuously, and not live in weakness. Not only those who suffer death for the sake of faith in Christ are martyrs; but also those who die because of their observance of His commandments.

                   

                  Isaac the Syrian


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                  The orders of the angels cannot approach the glory that surrounds the throne of His majesty, yet He has appeared in the world for our sake in humble form, as
                  Message 8 of 19 , Aug 25 11:25 PM
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                    The orders of the angels cannot approach the glory that surrounds the throne of His majesty, yet He has appeared in the world for our sake in humble form, as Isaiah said: “We beheld Him, that He had no form nor beauty.” It is He that, being invisible to all created nature, put on a body and fulfilled the economy for the salvation and life of all the nations which were cleansed by Him, and to Him be glory and dominion unto the ages of ages. Amen

                    Isaac the Syrian, The Ascetical Homilies, Homily Three

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                  • Mark Sedrak
                    The fruits of the inner man begin only with the shedding of tears. When you reach the place of tears, then know that your spirit has come out from the prison
                    Message 9 of 19 , Sep 10, 2009
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                      The fruits of the inner man begin only with the shedding of tears. When you reach the place of tears, then know that your spirit has come out from the prison of this world and has set its foot upon the path that leads to the new age. Your spirit begins at this moment to breathe the wonderful air which is there, and it starts to shed tears. – Isaac the Syrian

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                    • Mark Sedrak
                      Do not be inept in the requests you make to God, otherwise you will insult God through your ignorance. Isaac the Syrian From: The Wisdom of St Isaac the Syrian
                      Message 10 of 19 , Nov 24, 2009
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                        Do not be inept in the requests you make to God, otherwise you will insult God through your ignorance.

                        Isaac the Syrian
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                      • Mark Sedrak
                        Meditation on the scriptures teaches the soul the discourse with God. Isaac the Syrian From: Orthodox Prayer Life
                        Message 11 of 19 , Jan 18, 2010
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                          Meditation on the scriptures teaches the soul the discourse with God.

                          Isaac the Syrian
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                        • Mark Sedrak
                          As children are not born without a mother, so passions are not born without distraction of the mind, and sin is not committed without parley with the passions.
                          Message 12 of 19 , Mar 19, 2010
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                            As children are not born without a mother, so passions are not born without distraction of the mind, and sin is not committed without parley with the passions.

                            Isaac the Syrian
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                          • Mark Sedrak
                            Christ is Risen! + Indeed He is Risen! O my Hope, pour into my heart the inebriation that consists in the hope of you. O Jesus Christ, the resurrection and
                            Message 13 of 19 , Apr 14, 2010
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                              Christ is Risen! + Indeed He is Risen!

                              O my Hope, pour into my heart the inebriation that consists in the hope of you. O Jesus Christ, the resurrection and light of all worlds, place upon my soul’s head the crown of knowledge of you; open before me all of a sudden the door of mercies, cause the rays of your grace to shine out in my heart.

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                            • Mark Sedrak
                              Christ is Risen! + Truly, He is Risen! Blessed is the person who has eaten of the bread of Love, which is Jesus. Isaac the Syrian The Wisdom of Saint Isaac the
                              Message 14 of 19 , Apr 27, 2010
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                                Christ is Risen! + Truly, He is Risen!

                                Blessed is the person who has eaten of the bread of Love, which is Jesus.

                                Isaac the Syrian
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                              • Mark Sedrak
                                Before you fall ill, search out a doctor for yourself. Before difficulties come upon you, pray; then when the time of distress comes, you will discover prayer,
                                Message 15 of 19 , Jul 7, 2010
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                                  Before you fall ill, search out a doctor for yourself. Before difficulties come upon you, pray; then when the time of distress comes, you will discover prayer, and it will provide an answer for you. 
                                   
                                  Isaac the Syrian
                                  From: The Wisdom of Isaac the Syrian
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                                • Mark Sedrak
                                  If you love the truth, love silence. This will make you illumined, sun-like, in God; it will deliver you from the illusions of ignorance. Isaac the Syrian The
                                  Message 16 of 19 , Sep 3, 2010
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                                    If you love the truth, love silence. This will make you illumined, sun-like, in God; it will deliver you from the illusions of ignorance.

                                    Isaac the Syrian
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                                  • Mark Sedrak
                                    When you fall down before God in prayer, become in your thought like an ant, like a creeping thing of the earth, like a leech, and like a tiny lisping child.
                                    Message 17 of 19 , Jul 25, 2012
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                                      When you fall down before God in prayer, become in your thought like an ant, like a creeping thing of the earth, like a leech, and like a tiny lisping child. Do not say anything before him with knowledge, but with a child's manner of thought, draw near God and walk before him, that you may be counted worthy of that paternal providence that fathers have for their small children.

                                      Isaac the Syrian, The Spiritual World of Isaac the Syrian

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                                    • Mark Sedrak
                                      If you believe that God makes provisions for you, why be anxious and concerned about temporal affairs and the needs of your flesh? But if you do not believe
                                      Message 18 of 19 , Dec 3, 2012
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                                        If you believe that God makes provisions for you, why be anxious and concerned about temporal affairs and the needs of your flesh? But if you do not believe that God makes provision for you, and for this reason you take pains to provide for your need separately from Him, then you are of all men most miserable. Why even be alive or go living in such a case? ‘Cast thy care upon the Lord, and He will nourish thee,’ and you shall never be dismayed at any terror that overtakes you.

                                        Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies, Homily 5
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                                      • Mark Sedrak
                                        It is not always in our power to oppose the thoughts fighting against us so as to stop them, but we often receive wounds that do not heal for quite some
                                        Message 19 of 19 , Dec 19, 2012
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                                          It is not always in our power to oppose the thoughts fighting against us so as to stop them, but we often receive wounds that do not heal for quite some time... [Arguing with the demons] allows them to arm themselves against you; they will be able to wound you beyond what your wisdom and feeling will set against them. But even if you were to vanquish them, the filth of the thoughts would sully your contemplation, and you would still smell their foul odor for quite some time.

                                          Isaac the Syrian, Ascetical Homilies, as cited in Therapy of Spiritual Illnesses
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