St Ephraim the Syrian: Prayer and Virtues

“Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit. And raises man to heaven” – St Ephraim the Syrian

St Mark the Ascetic: Purpose to God

“Think nothing and do nothing without a purpose directed to God, for to journey without direction is wasted effort” – St Mark the Ascetic