Gleanings from Orthodox Christian Authors and the Holy Fathers


What shall I say about dogs who have a natural instinct to show gratitude and to serve as watchful guardians of their master's safety? Hence Scripture cries out to the ungrateful, the slothful, and the craven: 'Dumb dogs, not able to bark.' To dogs, therefore, is given the ability to bark in defense of their masters and their homes. Thus you should learn to use your voice for the sake of Christ, when ravening wolves attack His sheepfold. Have the word ready on your lips, lest, like a silent watch dog, you may appear because of your unfaithfulness to abandon the post entrusted to you. St. Ambrose of Milan

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