John Cassian Famous Quotes & Sayings

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John Cassian Sayings: We know that God arranges the opportunities for salvation in different ways. Our situation is We know that God arranges the opportunities for salvation in different ways. Our situation is that we respond eagerly or in a laggardly manner to these opportunities made available by God to us. God made the call come out of your homeland; Abraham by coming out was exercising obedience. There was the instruction come into the land; it was done, and that was the work of obedience. But the addition which I shall show you has to do with the grace of God, who gave a command - and a promise.
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John Cassian Sayings: No other virtue makes man more equal to the angels, than the imitation of their No other virtue makes man more equal to the angels, than the imitation of their way of life.
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John Cassian Sayings: It is not an external enemy we dread. Our foe is shut up within ourselves. It is not an external enemy we dread. Our foe is shut up within ourselves. An internal warfare is daily waged by us.
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John Cassian Sayings: A Christian is quite certain to fall into the same sins which he condemns in A Christian is quite certain to fall into the same sins which he condemns in another with merciless and inhuman severity, for 'a stern king will fall into misfortunes,' and 'one who stops his ears so as not to hear the weak, shall himself cry, and there shall be none to hear him' (Prov. 13:17; 21:13).
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John Cassian Sayings: It is impossible for the mind to remain undisturbed by thoughts, but anyone serious about It is impossible for the mind to remain undisturbed by thoughts, but anyone serious about the matter can certainly permit them entry or drive them away, and although their origin does not lie entirely under our control we can choose to approve of them and to adopt them.
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John Cassian Sayings: When we say 'hallowed be Your name' to God what we are really saying is When we say 'hallowed be Your name' to God what we are really saying is 'Father, make us such as deserve knowledge and understanding of how holy You are, or at least let Your holiness shine forth in the spiritual lives we lead.' And this surely happens as men see our good works and glorify our Father in heaven.
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John Cassian Sayings: Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in Fasts and vigils, the study of Scripture, renouncing possessions and everything worldly are not in themselves perfection, as we have said; theyare its tools. For perfection is not to be found in them; it is acquired through them. It is useless, therefore, to boast of our fasting, vigils, poverty, and reading of Scripture when we have not achieved the love of God and our fellow men. Whoever has achieved love has God within himself and his intellect is always with God.
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John Cassian Sayings: We must first scrutinize thoroughly anything appearing in our hearts or any saying suggested to We must first scrutinize thoroughly anything appearing in our hearts or any saying suggested to us. Has it come purified from the divine and heavenly fire of the Holy Spirit? Or does it lean toward Jewish superstition? Is its surface piety something which has come down from bloated worldly philosophy? We must examine this most carefully, doing as the apostle bids us: 'Do not believe in every spirit, but make sure to find out if spirits are from God' (I Jn. 4:1).
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John Cassian Sayings: God can be sensed when we gaze with trembling hearts at that power of his God can be sensed when we gaze with trembling hearts at that power of his which controls, guides, and rules everything, when we contemplate his immense knowledge and his knowing look which the secrets of the heart cannot evade.
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John Cassian Sayings: God is not only to be known in His blessed and incomprehensible being, for this God is not only to be known in His blessed and incomprehensible being, for this is something which is reserved for His saints in the age to come. He is also known from the grandeur and beauty of His creatures, from His providence which governs the world day by day, from His righteousness and from wonders which He shows to His saints in each generation.
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John Cassian Sayings: A clear rule for self-control handed down by the Fathers is this: stop eating while A clear rule for self-control handed down by the Fathers is this: stop eating while still hungry and do not continue until you are satisfied.
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John Cassian Sayings: When death has been brought upon a saint, we ought not to think that an When death has been brought upon a saint, we ought not to think that an evil has happened to him but a thing indifferent; which is an evil to a wicked man, while to the good it is rest and freedom from evils. 'For death is rest to a man whose way is hidden' (Job 3:23 LXX). And so a good man does not suffer any loss from it.
John Cassian Sayings: Just as the edifice of all the virtues strives upward toward perfect prayer so will Just as the edifice of all the virtues strives upward toward perfect prayer so will all these virtues be neither sturdy nor enduring unless they are drawn firmly together by the crown of prayer. This endless, unstirring calm of prayer ... can neither be achieved nor consummated without these virtues. And likewise virtues are the prerequisite foundation of prayer and cannot be effected without it.
John Cassian Sayings: Wherefore a monk's whole attention should thus be fixed on one point, and the rise Wherefore a monk's whole attention should thus be fixed on one point, and the rise and circle of all his thoughts be vigorously restricted to it; viz., to the recollection of God, as when a man, who is anxious to raise on high a vault of a round arch, must constantly draw a line round from its exact centre, and in accordance with the sure standard it gives discover by the laws of building all the evenness and roundness required ...
John Cassian Sayings: Perfection ... is clearly not achieved simply by being naked, by the lack of wealth Perfection ... is clearly not achieved simply by being naked, by the lack of wealth or by the rejection of honors, unless there is also that love whose ingredients the apostle described (cf. I Cor. 13) and which is to be found solely in purity of heart. Not to be jealous, not to be puffed up, not to act heedlessly, not to seek what does not belong to one, not to rejoice over some injustice, not to plan evil - what is this and its like if not the continuous offering to God of the heart that is perfect and truly pure, a heart kept free of all disturbance?
John Cassian Sayings: Men seized of the urge to have a knowledge of God and to be pure Men seized of the urge to have a knowledge of God and to be pure in mind devote all their gathered energies to this one task. While they still live in the corruption of the flesh they give themselves to that service in which they will persevere when the corruption has been laid aside. And already they come in sight of what the Lord and Savior held out when He said, 'Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God' (Mt. 5:8).
John Cassian Sayings: No just man suffices unto himself for the winning of justification. The divine mercy must No just man suffices unto himself for the winning of justification. The divine mercy must always hold out a hand to his footsteps as they falter and almost stumble, and this is so because the weakness of his free will may cause him to lose balance, and if he falls he may perish forever.
John Cassian Sayings: Humility, in its turn, can be achieved only through faith, fear of God, gentleness and Humility, in its turn, can be achieved only through faith, fear of God, gentleness and the shedding of all possessions.
John Cassian Sayings: Unless the grace of God comes to the help of our frailty, to protect and Unless the grace of God comes to the help of our frailty, to protect and defend it, no man can withstand the insidious onslaughts of the enemy nor can he damp down or hold in check the fevers which burn in our flesh with nature's fire.
John Cassian Sayings: All of our holy fathers knew this and all with one accord teach that perfection All of our holy fathers knew this and all with one accord teach that perfection in holiness can be achieved only through humility.
John Cassian Sayings: Let everybody know this. He shall be assigned to the place and to the service Let everybody know this. He shall be assigned to the place and to the service to which he gave and devoted himself in this life and he can be sure that in eternity he will have as his lot the service and the companionship which he preferred in this life. This is what the Lord means when He says, 'If anyone is my servant let him follow Me and where I am he will be there as my servant' (Jn. 12:26).
John Cassian Sayings: It is a bigger miracle to be patient and refrain from anger than it is It is a bigger miracle to be patient and refrain from anger than it is to control the demons which fly through the air.
John Cassian Sayings: The apostles were very sure that everything of theirs which had to do with salvation The apostles were very sure that everything of theirs which had to do with salvation was a gift to them from God. 'Increase our faith' (Lk. 17:5). They did not presume that the fullness of faith would come to them merely because they freely opted for it. They believed, rather, that it was a gift of God which would have to be granted to them.
John Cassian Sayings: Works of piety and charity ... are necessary in this present life for as long Works of piety and charity ... are necessary in this present life for as long as inequality prevails. Their workings here would not be required were it not for the superabundant numbers of the poor, the needy, and the sick ... As long as this inequity rages in the world, these good works will be necessary and valuable to anyone practicing them and they shall yield the reward of an everlasting inheritance to the man of good heart and concerned will.
John Cassian Sayings: There is clearly expressed for us? what it is we must attribute either to free There is clearly expressed for us? what it is we must attribute either to free will or to the decision and daily assistance of the Lord. We are characterized by whether we respond zealously or lackadaisically to the kindly dispensations of God. This perspective is plainly expressed in the healing of the two blind men. Jesus was passing by, a fact made possible by God's provident grace. And the achievement of their own faith and belief was to cry out 'Lord, son of David, have mercy on us' (Mt. 20:31). The restored sight of their eyes is the gift of divine mercy.
John Cassian Sayings: True spiritual knowledge has sometimes flourished most grandly in some who were without eloquence and True spiritual knowledge has sometimes flourished most grandly in some who were without eloquence and almost illiterate. And this is very clearly shown by the case of the Apostles and many holy men, who did not spread themselves out with an empty show of leaves, but were bowed down by the weight of the true fruits of spiritual knowledge: of whom it is written in Acts: 'But when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were ignorant and unlearned men, they were astonished' (Acts 4:13).
John Cassian Sayings: The second request of the very pure soul is to see the coming of the The second request of the very pure soul is to see the coming of the Father's kingdom (cf. Mt. 6:10). What this means first of all is that each day Christ should reign among holy men. And this happens when the devil's power has been driven out of our hearts through the expulsion of sinful foulness and when God has begun to reign within us amid the good odors of virtue. With fornication vanquished, chastity rules; with anger overcome, peace is king; with pride under foot, humility is sovereign.
John Cassian Sayings: The souls of the dead [are] not deprived of their intellectual faculties but ... they The souls of the dead [are] not deprived of their intellectual faculties but ... they also are not lacking in feelings such as hope and sadness, joy and fear. They already have a foretaste of what is in store for them after the general judgment. Nor does it happen, as some unbelievers would hold, that upon leaving this world they are turned to nothing. Actually they live more intensely and they concentrate more on the praises of God.
John Cassian Sayings: If you want to correct your brother when he is doing wrong? you must keep If you want to correct your brother when he is doing wrong? you must keep yourself calm; otherwise you yourself may catch the sickness you are seeking to cure and you may find that the words of the Gospel now apply to you? 'Why do you look at the speck of dust in your brother's eye, and not notice the rafter in your own eye?'
John Cassian Sayings: If you wish to attain to true knowledge of the Scriptures, hasten to acquire first If you wish to attain to true knowledge of the Scriptures, hasten to acquire first an unshakeable humility of heart. That alone will lead you, not to the knowledge that puffs up, but to that which enlightens, by the perfecting of love.
John Cassian Sayings: The Doctor of our souls has placed the remedy in the hidden regions of the The Doctor of our souls has placed the remedy in the hidden regions of the soul.
John Cassian Sayings: Whoever is guided solely by his own judgment and decision will never climb up to Whoever is guided solely by his own judgment and decision will never climb up to the summit of perfection and will not fail to be the victim of the devil's ruinous power to delude.
John Cassian Sayings: [God] arranged that the boy Samuel should be chosen but instead of teaching him directly [God] arranged that the boy Samuel should be chosen but instead of teaching him directly He had him, turn once or twice to an old man. This youngster, to whom He had granted a direct encounter with Himself, had nevertheless to go for instruction to someone who had offended God, and all because that person was an old man. He decided that Samuel was most worthy of a high calling and yet He made him submit to the guidance of an old man so that once summoned to a divine ministry he might learn humility and might himself become for all the young a model of deference.
John Cassian Sayings: When the soul is solidly rooted in ... peacefulness, when it is freed of the When the soul is solidly rooted in ... peacefulness, when it is freed of the bonds of every carnal urge, when the unshaking thrust of the heart is toward the one supreme Good, then the words of the apostle will be fulfilled. 'Pray without ceasing,' he said (I Thes. 5:17). 'In every place lift up pure hands, with no anger and no rivalry' (I Tim 2:8). Sensibility is, so to speak, absorbed by this purity. It is reshaped in the likeness of the spiritual and the angelic so that all its dealings, all its activity will be prayer, utterly pure, utterly without tarnish.
John Cassian Sayings: We must, with God's help, eradicate the deadly poison of the demon of anger from We must, with God's help, eradicate the deadly poison of the demon of anger from the depths of our souls. So long as he dwells in our hearts and blinds the eyes of the heart with his somber disorders, we can neither discriminate what is for our good, nor achieve spiritual knowledge, nor fulfill our good intentions, nor participate in true life; and our intellect will remain impervious to the contemplation of the true, divine light; for it is written, 'Man's anger does not bring about the righteousness of God' (Jms. 1:20).
John Cassian Sayings: The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space The bond between friends cannot be broken by chance; no interval of time or space can destroy it. Not even death itself can part true friends.
John Cassian Sayings: It is by means of these that we attain perfect love, through the grace and It is by means of these that we attain perfect love, through the grace and compassion of our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom be glory through all the ages. Amen.
John Cassian Sayings: Actually, all gifts have been given for reasons of temporal use and need and they Actually, all gifts have been given for reasons of temporal use and need and they will surely pass away at the end of the present dispensation. Love, however, will never be cut off. It works in us and for us, and not simply in this life. For when the burden of physical need has been laid aside in the time to come it will endure, more effectively, more excellently, forever unfailing, clinging to God with more fire and zeal through all the length of incorruption.
John Cassian Sayings: True knowledge is found only among those genuinely worshiping God. True knowledge is found only among those genuinely worshiping God.
John Cassian Sayings: We are often indifferent to our brethren who are distressed or upset, on the grounds We are often indifferent to our brethren who are distressed or upset, on the grounds that they are in this state through no fault of ours. The Doctor of souls, however, wishing to root out the soul's excuses from the heart, tells us to leave our gift and to be reconciled not only if we happen to be upset by our brother, but also if he is upset by us, whether justly or unjustly; only when we have healed the breach through our apology should we offer our gift.
John Cassian Sayings: It is not our free will but 'it is the Lord who sets the captive It is not our free will but 'it is the Lord who sets the captive free' (Ps. 145:7). It is not our own virtue but 'it is the Lord who lifts up those who were laid low' (Ps. 145:8). It is not application to reading but 'it is the Lord who gives light to the blind' (Ps. 145:8). It is not our cautiousness but 'it is the Lord who protects the stranger' (Ps. 145:9). It is not our endurance but 'it is the Lord who raises or gives support to the fallen' (Ps. 144:14).
John Cassian Sayings: In proportion as the ardor of divine love brings you nearer to God, so will In proportion as the ardor of divine love brings you nearer to God, so will a larger concourse of saintly brethren flock to you. For, as the Lord says, 'A city set on a hill cannot be hid' (Mt. 5:14).
John Cassian Sayings: The thief who received the kingdom of heaven, though not as the reward of virtue, The thief who received the kingdom of heaven, though not as the reward of virtue, is a true witness to the fact that salvation is ours through the grace and mercy of God.
John Cassian Sayings: If the kingdom of God is within us and that is a kingdom of justice, If the kingdom of God is within us and that is a kingdom of justice, of peace, and of joy then whoever remains with these virtues is certainly in the kingdom of God. By contrast, all who deal in unrighteousness, in discord, and in death-bearing gloom have taken their stand in the kingdom of the devil, in hell and in lifelessness. It is by these tokens that the kingdom of God or of the devil is recognized.
John Cassian Sayings: No structure of virtue can possibly be raised in our soul unless, first, the foundations No structure of virtue can possibly be raised in our soul unless, first, the foundations of true humility are laid in our heart.
John Cassian Sayings: When we abandon visible riches ... it is strange goods and not our own that When we abandon visible riches ... it is strange goods and not our own that we are leaving. And this is so even if we boast that we acquired them through our own efforts or that they were passed on to us as an inheritance. I say nothing is ours except what is in our hearts, what belongs to our souls, what cannot be taken away by anyone.
John Cassian Sayings: We should realize that there are three sources for our thoughts - God, the devil, We should realize that there are three sources for our thoughts - God, the devil, and ourselves.
John Cassian Sayings: Everything we do, our every objective, must be undertaken for the sake of ... purity Everything we do, our every objective, must be undertaken for the sake of ... purity of heart ... we must practice the reading of the Scripture, together with all the other virtuous activities ... to hold our hearts free of the harm of every dangerous passion and in order to rise step by step to the high point of love.