St. John Chrysostom (c. 380): “Prayer is the source, the root, and the mother of innumerable good things. The power of prayer extinguishes the strength of fire, restrains the raging of lions, settles wars and fights, endures storms, escapes devils, opens the doors of heaven, breaks the bonds of death, casts out diseases, repels injuries, and strengthens shattered cities.” (Hom. 15.)
St. Augustine: “Sin is whatsoever is spoken, done or desired, contrary to the law of God.”
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