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St. Philopatere Mercurius 

St. Mercurius was born to pagan parents in the year 225 A.D. in Rome.  He was named Philopatere (a Greek name meaning “lover of the Father”).  His father, Gordianus, was miraculously saved from death by an angel of the Lord, and he and his wife soon converted to Christianity.  They preached, gave alms, and raised their son according to Christian teachings. 
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Author: H. H. Pope Shenouda III.

The love which does not sacrifice is a barren love, without fruit. Love is a productive mother that gives birth to numerous virtues such as compassion and affection, a word of encouragement and a word of consolation, attention and care, forgiveness and seeking the salvation of the soul. This is the spiritual love...

Perhaps the most distinguished quality in love... is sacrifice.

This is the big difference between love and lust:

 

Author: H. H. Pope Shenouda III.

The spiritual person who is known for the virtue of hope always has hope in all the particulars of his life, which grants him strength and joy:

  • With regard to repentance and purity, he always has hope that God will pick him up however great his fall may be and will set him up.

 Author: H. H. Pope Shenouda III.

Although all life should be holy, yet God has appointed for us holy days. If we are trained to keep these days holy, we will take them as examples for the rest of the days. Because man perhaps cannot practically be permanently cautious or in steady enthusiasm all the days of his life, God laid stress on certain days. He said in the Book of Leviticus that they are the proclaimed days of "Holy Convocation." (Leviticus23 :1).

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