The love of God is not taught. No one has taught us to enjoy the light or to be attached to life more than anything else. And no one has taught us to love the two people who brought us into the world and educated us. Which is all the more reason to believe that we did not learn to love God as a result of outside instruction. In the very nature of every human being has been sown the seed of the ability to love. You and I ought to welcome this seed, cultivate it carefully, nourish it attentively and foster its growth by going to the school of God’s commandments with help of His grace.
-Basil the Great
Basil of Caesarea (c. 329 – 379 AD) was the Greek bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Cappadocia. He was an influential theologian who supported the Nicene Creed and opposed Arianism and the followers of Apollinaris of Laodicea. In addition to his work as a theologian, Basil was known for his care of the poor and underprivileged. He helped develop guidelines for monastic life as that movement was becoming popular.