Friday, February 20, 2015

Isaac of Nineveh for Lent III

This is virtue: that in his mind a man should be unoccupied with the world. As long as the senses have dealings with external things, the heart cannot have rest from imaginations about them. Outside of the desert and solitude, the bodily passions do not abate, nor do evil thoughts cease.

Until the soul becomes drunk with faith in God by receiving a perception of the power of faith, she can neither heal the malady of the senses, nor be able forcibly to tread visible matter underfoot, which is the barrier to things that are within and beyond perception by the senses.

Homily I (pp. 113-114)

1 comment:

  1. Greta6:22 PM

    For whatever it is worth, at least one of your readers is enjoying the ecumenical significance of the saint chosen for this series.
    I often marvel at the thoughtfully-curated nature of the excerpts you post: this one serendipitously answered a question I had had about what Marcus Aurelius phrases as disinterestedness of purpose (I had been thinking about it, but wasn't sure how to phrase it until I began to read along with your latest series).
    I hope now that I have found the answer that I will be able to apply it.


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