“Man threw away everything he had – his right to speak freely, his communion with God, his time in paradise, his unclouded life – and went out naked, like a survivor from a shipwreck.
But God received him and immediately clothed him, and taking him by the hand gradually led him to heaven. And yet this shipwreck was quite unforgivable.
For this tempest was entirely due, not to the force of the winds, but to the carelessness of the sailor. Yet God did not look at this, but had compassion for such great disaster…
…And just as criminals who sail the sea often drill through the ship with a small iron tool, and let the whole sea into the ship from below, so when the devil saw the ship of Adam (by which I mean his soul) filled with many good things, he came and drilled through it with his voice alone, as if it were a little iron tool, and stole all his wealth and sank the ship itself.
But God made the gain greater than the loss, and brought out nature to the royal throne.”
– Saint John Chrysostom
In A Year With the Church Fathers by Mike Aquilina