of the true faith, pray to
God for us.
faith has brought you near to the radiant throne of glory, adorned with the
shining seraphim and the overpowering cherubim. You are nearer to immortality
than we, and your prayer is more pure and audible.
us in your prayer also, so that you may be ever more acclaimed throughout
heaven. Bring us with you also, and you will more swiftly and easily fly to the
throne of glory. Whoever brings himself alone, walks more slowly and
have said to people: You are all martyrs, but not all of one martyrdom. Martyrs
for the true faith are not the same as martyrs for a false faith. Truly, their
bones are similar but not the soul. For the soul transfers power and weakness
even to the bones.
who suffer for the true faith, are suffering for what your spiritual vision
sees. You who suffer for a false faith, are suffering for what your physical
eyes see. You former suffer for faith in reality and truth; you latter suffer
for a dream and a fantasy.
vision calls its knowledge by a humble name--faith. Physical eyes call their
faith by a boastful name--knowledge. Both the one and the other are seeing: the
first is a seeing of the peaceful and sparkling essence of creation; the second
is a seeing of flickers of that essence through the darkness.
martyrdom is the most inevitable of all things, O sons of heaven and sons of
earth. Your being martyred lies in your fleeing from light toward darkness. If
you are fleeing from darkness toward light, you will stir up the world against
yourself. If you are fleeing from light toward darkness, Heaven will remove
itself from your convulsions and destruction.
paths of the sons of men meet, and conflict is inevitable. For some are
journeying toward the East, while the others are journeying toward the West. The
Lord is merciful, and sends His angels to them all.
soul is full of martyrs like a fertile field full of wheat and tares. The first
are facing the East, while the others are facing the West.
whisper to my soul at midnight: "How long will you be crucified between
paradise and hell? Take hold of yourself, and face only the direction where the
martyrs of the true faith have journeyed."
whisper to my neighbor at dawn: "Do not take the heavily traveled road, for
many stinking corpses are strewn along
whisper morning and evening to you, O martyrs of the true faith: "Pray to
God for us."