St. Ephrem — Deacon July 9

St. Ephrem is the light and glory of the Syriac church. By his eloquent preaching and his musical ability he won the hearts of all. In the Syriac Liturgy he is still known as “The Harp of the Holy Ghost.”

Fear not, little flock, for it hath pleased your Father to give you a kingdom. Sell what you possess and give alms. Make to yourselves bags that grow not old, a treasure in heaven which faileth not. — Gospel

The Imitation of Christ
If thou aim at and seek after nothing else but the will of God and thy neighbor’s benefit, then shalt thou enjoy interior liberty.
St. Ephrem was passionate by nature, but from the time he entered religion no one saw him angry. In his humility he refused the dignity of the priesthood. Humility made him meek and meekness kept him humble.
Are we developing our God-given powers to the best of our ability? Whether God has given us one talent or five talents, they are ours only that we may trade with them and purchase heaven. Are we investing our talents wisely or foolishly ?
Look to the end.