"Virtues are formed by prayer. Prayer preserves temperance. Prayer suppresses anger. Prayer prevents emotions of pride and envy. Prayer draws into the soul the Holy Spirit, and raises man to Heaven."
- St. Ephrem of Syria
Ephren of Syria (306-375) The son of a pagan priest, Ephrem converted to Christianity under the direction of the local bishop. He became a great liturgical poet, whose works comprise exegetical writings, homilies, and hymns. He is a Doctor of the Church.