Mothers carry their children in the morning, children carry their mothers in the evening, but God carries us all through the night.
Flemish proverb

The little kids step on Mother’s skirt. The big ones step on Mother’s heart.
Flemish proverb

More things happen through prayer than this world ever dreams.
Tennyson


Out of compassion, God takes upon Himself the suffering of each person. In his love, He suffers mysteriously, to the end of time, with the same suffering that is in each of us.
Mammos the Confessor

God have burdens; also, shoulders.
Yiddish proverb

He who has arrived at the perfect love of God, lives in this world as if he did not. He sees himself as a stranger to what he sees, patiently waiting for the invisible.
St. Seraphim of Sarov

The prayer of someone who harbors a grudge is a seed upon a stone.
St. Isaac of Syria

An ascetic without compassion is a tree that bears no fruit.
St. Isaac of Syria

A rebuke springing from envy is a poisoned arrow.
St. Isaac of Syria

The praise of a crafty man is a hidden snare.
St. Isaac of Syria

A foolish counselor is a blind watchman: a wish counselor is a wall of confidence.
St. Isaac of Syria

Live with vultures rather than with the covetous; live amidst lions rather than among the proud.
St. Isaac of Syria

Be persecuted, rather than a persecutor. Be crucified, rather than be a crucifier. Be treated unjustly, rather than treat anyone unjustly. Be oppressed, rather than be an oppressor. Be gentle, rather than zealous. Lay hold of goodness, rather than justice.
St. Isaac of Syria

Love from God
Love which stems from created things is like a small lamp whose light is sustained by being fed with olive-oil.
Again, it is like a river fed by rainfall; once the supply that feeds it falls, the surge of its flow abates.
But love whose cause is God is like a spring welling up from the depths: its flow never abates, for God alone is that spring of love whose supply never fails.
St. Isaac of Syria