Quotes from the Saints
The Two Hundred Chapters on Knowledge:
135. It is not necessary that those who seek the Lord seek him outside themselves; rather, those who seek him should seek him in themselves through faith in works: "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart, that is, the word of faith," Seeking the word of faith is the same as seeking Christ.
147. For those who search according to the flesh after the meaining of God, the Lord does not ascend to the Father; but for those who seek him out in a spiritual way through lofty contemplations he does ascend to the Father. Let us, then, not always hold him here below though he came down here out of love to be with us. Rather, let us go up to the Father along with him, leaving behind earth and what is earthly, so that he will not say to us what he said to the Jews who remained unconverted, "I am going where you cannot come." For without the Word, it is impossible to come to the Father of the Word.
156. The one who prays to receive his daily bread does not exactly receive it as the bread is in itself but as the one who receives it is capable. For the Bread of Life, because he loves men, gives himself to all who ask but not to all in the same way; rather to those who perform great works of righteousness in a fuller way, to those who do less in a smaller way - to each in accordance with his spiritual capacity.
St. Maximus the Confessor