With many sorrows and diseases our body is filled. Therefore, knowing the infirmity of our nature, we will not be proud and uncomplaining, but by mutual compassion we will propitiate the Creator, who sends illnesses and heals, reduces to hell and builds from hell (26, 514).
It's a great help to you on the day of the Court, if you've been compassionate to people here. Rev. Ephraim the Syrian (27, 246).
Show that you, by the great kindness of the soul, wish to make your own good common: cast a pleasant poke of compassion and thus draw from the abyss of death mired in it by the mind (35, 764).
See how alms are great: God compares the compassionate person to Himself (Luke 6, 36) (36, 909).
In order not to fall into perfect judgment, we will be compassionate towards people. So we will become worthy of good on earth and in heaven (41, 480).
We will have a compassionate soul, we will have a heart capable of sympathizing with the suffering; we will not be cruel and inhuman. Even if you can not help - cry, grieve, complain about what happened, and it will not be useless for you. We must sympathize with those who are righteously punished by God, and even more so who unfairly suffer from people (43, 38).
God punishes, but do I have compassion? Yes, the Punisher wants it. He does not rejoice when he punishes, but he also grieves very much. If the Punisher himself does not rejoice, do not rejoice, either. But, you say, when punishes fairly, then, of course, do not grieve? It is necessary to mourn that they have become worthy of punishment (43, 381).
Do not be shy of compassion because you are far from unhappiness. When your neighbor suffers evil, you must consider his misfortune to be common. Share tears with your neighbor to ease his sorrow; share joy, to strengthen gaiety, to strengthen love and to gain its earliest benefit - crying makes gracious, and joy cleanses of envy and ill will (43, 768).
Who does not want to sympathize with others, he himself will suffer (45, 810).
Let us be compassionate, merciful, so that we may please God and achieve the benefits promised to those who love Him (46, 852).
Have compassion on your neighbor and God will take pity on you (46, 851).
If you practice even in the highest wisdom, but you do not care for the other dying, then you will not have any boldness before God. St. John Chrysostom (46, 472).
Let there be no question of whether it is difficult to accomplish (for a person), but whether it is useful for those who commit. And if the benefits are great, you do not need to pay attention to the difficulty ... for even in life itself, sympathy for the unfortunate is good for the healthy. For to all the prudent, mercy is a beautiful pledge, which we entrust to others in their misfortunes. Since one nature governs all mankind and no one has a lasting guarantee in the constancy of one's well-being, one must constantly remember the evangelical admonition: "If you want people to act with you, so do you and them" (Matthew 7, 12). So, while safely floating, extend the hand to the victim of the crash. One for all the sea, some rumbling waves, pitfalls, cliffs, rocks and other dangers of everyday navigation are equally frightening of the floaters. As long as you do not suffer, while it is safe to swim across the sea of life, do not pass unmercifully past the wrecked. Who will entrust you in the permanence of a safe voyage? You have not yet reached the pier of rest. Your life has not yet reached the shore, you still wander through the sea of life. As you manifest yourself to the injured misfortune, such will be the companions of your voyage. Let us all rush together to the pier of rest, safely guided in the impending worldly voyage by the Holy Spirit! Let the fulfillment of the commandments abide with us and feed the love, faithfully directed, then we will reach the promised land, where the great city is. The artist and Siege of which is our God.Saint Gregory of Nyssa (23, 432).
Compassion is unsuccessful, because it leads to wisdom (48, 246).
Take a breath about the sinning neighbor, so that you can also breathe about yourself, for all of us are guilty of sins and are subject to punishment (48, 253).
Do not be cruel not to experience the wrath of God, although it seems to you that you are flaming with the jealousy of piety (49, 104).
Look, that for the lack of patience not be faithful to you ... to any unexpected and intolerable temptation. Reverend Neil of Sinai (49, 104).
You do not need to see off with the tears of a valiant warrior going to war (where he can endure wounds and death), because he will return as a victor ... It is necessary to cry about those who go to robbery and homicide, especially when they commit a crime and then, when they are punished . That's why Christ, when he went to the Cross as a winner, not only did not approve of crying wives, but also forbade them to cry. It is known that compassion Delivers consolation to the sufferer involuntarily, but to the sufferer of his own will it is offensive ... Christ voluntarily went to suffering to destroy death and deposed the devil, and women wept about Whom it was justly glorified and accompanied by applause ... It was impermissible mourn the victor of sin, who was in a hurry not only to kill and bind the devil, but also to release those captured by him. Reverend Isidore Pelusiot (116, 603).
In the monastery one of the brethren fell into sin and was excommunicated by the hieromonk-rector. When the brother left the church, Abba Vissarion got up and went with him, saying: "And I am a sinner." Avva Vissarion (82, 79).