Merciful Heart: St. Isaac the Syrian

Orthodox Quotes from Orthodox and Vegan

What is a merciful heart? It is a heart on fire for the whole of creation, for humanity, for the birds, for the animals, for demons, and for all that exists. By the recollection of them the eyes of a merciful person pour forth tears in abundance. By the strong and vehement mercy that grips such a person’s heart, and by such great compassion, the heart is humbled and one cannot bear to hear or to see any injury or slight sorrow in any in creation. For this reason, such a person offers up tearful prayer continually even for irrational beasts, for the enemies of truth, and for those who harm her or him, that they be protected and receive mercy. And in the like manner such a person prays for the family of reptiles because of the great compassion that burns without measure in a heart that is in the likeness of God. – St. Isaac the Syrian

A Sign of Manliness

Icon of St. Maxim the Greek
“For God wished women to be smooth, and rejoice in their locks alone growing spontaneously, as a horse in his mane; but has adorned man, like the lions, with a beard, and endowed him, as an attribute of manhood, with a shaggy chest – a sign of strength and rule.”
-Clement of Alexandria

I’m still not sure how I feel about chest hair, but science says women are generally more attracted to men with facial hair, and tend to believe bearded men will be better fathers. So dear Clement is onto something, and once again the Church seems to know what is best for us. We should probably listen to her more often.