08 November 2011

Patristic Quote of the Day

I learned from the example of the children in Babylon that when there is no one to support the cause of true religion, we must accomplish our duties alone.  They sang a hymn to God from the midst of the flame, not thinking of the multitudes who rejected the truth, but content to have each other, though there were only three of them.  Therefore the cloud of our enemies does not dismay us, but we place our trust in the Spirit's help and boldly proclaim the truth. -- St. Basil the Great, On the Holy Spirit, par. 79

[That, by the way, happens to be one of my favorites in the whole book - a word of encouragement to all who walk "the lonely way."]


Steve Bricker said...

Strength to persevere through the enabling of the Holy Spirit: I can see why that is a favorite. Now if we shall only follow in like manner.

Daniel Baker said...

The Book of the Prophet Daniel was my personal reading of Holy Scripture today. The timing of these quotes ceases to amaze; however, if tomorrow's quote touches on the Prophet Hosea, I will become highly suspicious!