‘I WILL make you understand and guide you in the way in which you should go. I will fix my eyes upon you. Do not become like horse and mule, who have no understanding. With bit and bridle you must constrain their cheeks so that they do not come near you.’
Many are the scourges of the sinner, but mercy will surround the one who hopes in the Lord. Rejoice in the Lord and be glad you righteous, and boast all you upright in heart.
JUST as sometimes the violence of the reins brings the spirited steed that has bounded away from the road back to its proper course, so also trouble often compels the soul of man to yield obedience to those things which are for its good, and are commanded. […]
“Go into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in that My house may be filled.” What then is the meaning of men being invited from the hedges, – and that as it were by force, – if it be not what is here referred to?
For sometimes misfortunes beyond the power of endurance hedge men into extreme misery: and meeting, it may be, with care and assistance from those who fear Christ, they are thus led on unto faith in Him and love: and being weaned from their former error received by tradition from their fathers, they accept the saving word of the Gospel.
St Cyril of Alexandria (+444), “On Luke”, Sermon XLV. Translation from CCEL.
RAISE my soul, grievously paralysed by every sort of sin and abominable deed, by your divine presence, O Christ, as you raised the paralytic of old, that saved I may cry to you: O merciful Christ, glory to your might!
Service of Holy Oils. Translation from Anastasis.