Non in tumultu exibitis nec in fuga properabitis, praecedet enim
vos Dominus et congregabit vos Deus Israel.
You shall not go
out in a tumult, neither shall you make haste
by flight: for the Lord will go before you, and the God of Israel will
gather you together.
Isaac of Neneveh
Sweep your cell clean of everything superfluous for this will lead
you to abstinence, however unwillingly. Scarcity of all things teaches
a man to be abstinent.
Early Fathers from Philokalia
and Palmer, G.E.H., translators.
Early Fathers from the Philokalia
. London: Faber and
Faber Limited, 1954
If you do not strive you will not find & if you do not
knock at he door with ardor & constantly keep vigil before it, you
will not be heard.