Morning Prayer: St. Irenaeus
The N.T. reading for the day (1 Tim 2:22b-26) - Shun youthful passions and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart. Have nothing to do with stupid and senseless controversies; you know that they breed quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but kindly to everyone, an apt teacher, patient, correcting opponents with gentleness. God may perhaps grant that they will repent and come to know the truth, and that they may escape from the snare of the devil, having been held captive by him to do his will.
OK. I have mixed feelings about Irenaeus and some of his heavy handedness in his "defenses of the church"against "vain doctrines," and 1 Tim's recommendation about shunning youthful passions (I'm not sure we should condemn that idea so broadly), but I do very much like the part about shunning stupid and senseless controversies.
Also Irenaeus said, "The Glory of God is a human being fully alive." I love, love, love that - one of my favorite early church person quotes ever.