Amma Syncletica of Alexandria (270 – 350 AD)

Be Careful in Calm Waters

We seem to be sailing in calm waters, while men of the world are sailing in rough weather. And we are sailing in daylight, led by the Sun of righteousness, while they are being driven along in the night time—the night of ignorance. Yet it often happens that worldly men, sailing in darkness and through storms, are so afraid of the danger that they save the ship, by calling upon God and by watchfulness: while we, in our calm waters, become negligent, get off the proper course of righteousness, and are sunk.

Reflection: Jonah 1:4–16; 1 Corinthians 10:12