The Shepherd, February 2007
FROM THE FATHERS
“I BESEECH YOU, let us remain pasturing beneath this Shepherd [Christ]; and we shall so remain, if we obey Him, if we hear His voice, if we follow not a stranger. And what is His voice? ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, blessed are the pure in heart, blessed are the merciful’ (Matt. 5:3, 8, 7). If thus we do, we shall remain beneath the Shepherd, and the wolf will not be able to come in; or if he come against us, he will do so to his own hurt. For we have a Shepherd Who so loves us that He gave even His life for us. When therefore He is both powerful and loves us, what is there to hinder us from being saved?”
Saint John Chrysostom, Archbishop of Constantinople, + 407 A.D.