Do not imagine that a man who is fettered by things pertaining to the body
will be able to possess boldness in prayer before God.
The soul of a pinchpenny is bereft of wisdom,
but the soul of a merciful man is made wise by the Spirit.
As oil feeds the flame of a lamp, so mercy feeds knowledge in the soul.
The key to divine gifts is given to the heart by love of neighbor;
and in proportion to the heart’s freedom from the bonds of the body,
the door of knowledge opens before it…
How beautiful and praiseworthy is the love of neighbor,
if only its cares do not distract us from the love of God!
St. Isaac the Syrian