Saturday Saints- #36

Today’s saint is Isaac of Nineveh:

Isaac of Nineveh (Arabic: إسحاق النينوي Ishak an-Naynuwī; Greek: Ἰσαὰκ Σύρος; c. 613 – c. 700) also remembered as Isaac the Assyrian, Abba Isaac, Isaac Syrus and Isaac of Qatar[4] was a 7th-century Assyrian bishop and theologian best remembered for his written work. He is also regarded as a saint in the Church of the East, the Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and among the Oriental Orthodox Churches, making him the last saint chronologically to be recognised by every apostolic Church. His feast day falls on January 28.

I recommend reading the wiki about him, as it contains some of his writings, many of which I think my readers will find edifying and illuminating. You can find it here. One example:

“To select a good deed depends on the initiator; to realize the intention — that is God’s deed. Consequently, let us adhere to the rule, so that every good intention that comes to us is followed by frequent prayers, appealing to God to not only grant us help, but also if it is pleasing or not to Him. Because not every good intention comes from God, but only those that are beneficial.

Sometimes, a person wishes something good, but God doesn’t help him — maybe because the intention came from the devil and is not for our benefit; or maybe because it is beyond our strength as we have not attained the necessary spiritual level; or maybe because it doesn’t correspond to our calling; or maybe because the time is not right to initiate it; or maybe because we don’t have the necessary knowledge or strength to accomplish it; or maybe because circumstances will not contribute to its success. Besides this, the devil contrives in every way to paint it as something good so that having inclined us toward it, he could upset our spiritual tranquility or inflict harm on us. That’s why it is necessary for us to diligently examine all our good desires. Better still, do everything after seeking counsel.”

 

St. Isaac

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