12 February 2006

Patristic Quote for the Day

Blessed is he who knows in truth that we are but tools in God's hands; that it is God who effects within us all ascetical practice and contemplation, virtue and spiritual knowledge, victory and wisdom, goodness and truth; and to all this we contribute nothing at all except a disposition that desires what is good. Zerubbabel had this disposition when he said to God: 'Blessed art Thou who hast given me wisdom; I give thanks to Thee, O Lord of our fathers; from Thee comes victory and wisdom; and Thine is the glory and I am Thy servant" (1 Esd. 4::59-60). As a truly grateful servant he ascribed all things to God, who had given him everything. He possessed wisdom as a gift from God and attributed to Him as Lord of his fathers the efficacy of the blessings bestowed on him. These blessings are, as we have said, the union of victory and wisdom, virtue and spiritual knowledge, ascetic practice and contemplation, goodness and truth. For when these are united together they shine with a single divine glory and brightness.

All the achievements of the saints were clearly gifts of grace from God. None of the saints had the least thing other than goodness granted to him by the Lord God according to the measure of his gratitude and love. And what he acquired, he acquired only in so far as he surrended himself to the Lord who bestowed it. - St. Maximos the Confessor, *Third Century on Various Texts* #28, 29

1 comment:

Don said...

Do you realize that the first sentence of your post means that this entire universe is predetermined. That there is no thing within it except the Infinite Consciousness we metaphorically refer to as God? (The word God, as we understand it's meaning does not correspond to what the Infinite Consciousness we tag it to actually is) You'll find a couple of references to those who are to attain salvation already having been chosen and visa versa in the new testament. I think this is a new way for you to understand things, but all of eternity - past, present and future - already exists. Read what other Saints, Christian and otherwise, say about it - eternity. Read the definition of 'eternity' in the first volume of 'The Philokalia'. See my blog, www.esaddhu.blogspot.com.

I have some editing to do on the last post, but it is understandable. Check it out