Thursday, June 14, 2012

Wisdom from the Fathers - St Basil the Great


Today is the Feast Day of St Basil the Great, one of the Cappadocian Fathers. 
     Some individuals are sharp enough at examining physical facts, but are culpably blind in regard to the knowledge of the truth.
      They know how to measure the distance of the stars, to list those that shine in the region of the North Pole and those that are visible only to the inhabitants of the areas around the South Pole, and they know how to track the course of each one with great care.
      Of all their abilities only one is missing that which would enable them to discover God as creator of the universe and as a just judge who will reward each of the action s of our existence as it deserves, an ability that would permit them at the end of the world to have an adequate idea of universal judgment.
I is in fact absolutely necessary that the world should be transformed if our souls are due to be transformed in a different kind of life.
      As the present life has affinities with the nature of this world, so the kind of existence which will apply to our souls tomorrow will have to have an environment appropriate to their new condition. 

From the Hexaemeron

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