“When arguing with your mate, discuss only the item that began the disagreement. Do not become historical, digging up long past hurts and wrongs. If you do, this will only harm the present, hinder the future, and drown your marriage in a bottomless sea of strife.”
“Lord, make me an instrument of your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.
“O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.”
“Those who raise hand against mate, children or elderly parents are devils incarnate. Have nothing to do with one such as this. Leave them alone in the dark dungeon they have constructed with their own two hands.” Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)
“My sons and daughters, there is no greater curse than a spouse who constantly criticizes and complains about their mate. Continuous torture in prison produces less suffering than a spouse such as this.” Elias the Teacher (The Angel of Antioch)
“More and more the love of God and fear of him grew strong within me, and as my faith grew, so the Spirit became more and more active, so that in a single day I would say as many as a hundred prayers, and at night only slightly less. Although I might be staying in a forest or out on a mountainside, it would be the same; even before dawn broke, I would be aroused by prayer. In snow, in frost, in rain, I would hardly notice any discomfort, and I was never slack but always full of energy. It is clear to me now, that this was due to the fervor of the Spirit within me.” Saint Patrick of Ireland (born in Scotland in 387)
In light of the nine Christians killed during Bible Study at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, it brings to mind Rev. Martin Luther King’s last speech, given the night before his assassination, at Mason Temple (Church of God in Christ Headquarters).
“Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I’m not concerned about that now. I just want to do God’s will. And He’s allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I’ve looked over. And I’ve seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!
And so I’m happy, tonight.
I’m not worried about anything.
I’m not fearing any man!
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!”