Ante-Nicene Father Quote of the Day

The marriage, then, that is consummated according to the word, is sanctified, if the union be under subjection to God, and be conducted “with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and the body washed with pure water, and holding the confession of hope; for He is faithful that promised.” And the happiness of marriage ought never to be estimated either by wealth or beauty, but by virtue.

“Beauty,” says the tragedy,— “Helps no wife with her husband; But virtue has helped many; for every good wife Who is attached to her husband knows how to practice sobriety.”

The Stormata, or Miscellanies

Book 4

ch xx

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