Tag Archives: Condescention of God

St. Cyril of Alexandria: Only if it is one and the same Christ . . .

Icon of St. Cyril of Alexandria“Only if it is one and the same Christ who is consubstantial with the Father and with men can He save us, for the meeting ground between God and man is Flesh and Christ.”

— St. Cyril of Alexandria

St. Athanasius: The Lord did not come to make a display. He came to heal . . .

“The LorIcon of St. Athanasius the Greatd did not come to make a display. He came to heal and to teach suffering men. For one who wanted to make a display the thing would have been just to appear and dazzle the beholders. But for Him Who came to heal and to teach the way was not merely to dwell here, but to put Himself at the disposal of those who needed Him, and to be manifested according as they could bear it, not vitiating the value of the Divine appearing by exceeding their capacity to receive it.”

— St. Athanasius the Great, On the Incarnation

St. John Chrysostom: One who strictly prosecutes . . .

Icon of St. John Chrysostom“One who strictly prosecutes the misdemeanors of others will find not condescension towards his own. ”

+ St. John Chrysostom, 3.6, On the Statues

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St. Tikhon of Zadonsk: You came into the world to save sinners . . .

Icon of St. Tikhon of Zadonsk“You came into the world to save sinners; therefore You came to save Me also? You came to find and to save him who was lost; therefore You came to seek me too, for I am one of the lost. O Lord, O my God and Creator! I should have come to You as a transgressor of Your law. I should have fallen at Your feet, cast myself down before You, humbly begging forgiveness, pleading with You and craving Your mercy. But You Yourself have come to me, wretched and good-for-nothing servant that I am; my Lord has come to me, His enemy and apostate; my Master has come and has bestowed his love of mankind upon me. Listen my soul: God has come to us.”

— St. Tikhon of Zadonsk, A Treasury of Russian Spirituality