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 (c. 413): “Therefore, because you have been made members of Christ I must warn you; for I fear dangers for you... For if you wish to imitate the multitude, you shall not then be among the few who shall enter in by the narrow way.”
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