Yesterday I was crucified with Christ; today I am glorified with him.
Yesterday I was dead with him; today I am sharing in his resurrection.
Yesterday I was buried with him; today I am waking with him from the sleep of death.
– Gregory Nazianzen
Who can understand love but he who loves? I am united with my beloved, my soul loves him.
In his peace, that is where I am. I am no longer a stranger, for there is no hatred with the Lord.
Because I love the Son I shall become a son. To cling to him who dies no more is to become immortal. He who delights in life shall be alive.
– Odes of Solomon
In Christ we have everything…
If you want to heal your wound, he is your doctor.
If you are burning with fever, he is the fountain.
If you are in need of help, he is strength.
If you are in dread of death, he is life.
If you are fleeing the darkness, he is light.
If you are hungry, he is food: ‘O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Happy are they who take refuge in him”
– Ambrose of Milan
Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death,
and on those in the tombs bestowing life.
Those quotes are incredible, especially the one by St. Ambrose of Milan.
Andrew, I am glad you like the quotations. I am continually struck by the beauty and depth at which the fathers see and think (no doubt from the heart). I found these quotations in Olivier Clement’s The Roots of Christian Mysticism, a wonderful exploration and commentary on the fathers’ teachings. Peace, Mike