Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Running from Happiness

St. Nicholas Cabasilas (+1391) answers the question from the previous post in a beautiful way:

There is an element that derives from God, and another which derives from our own zeal. The one is entirely His work, the other involves striving on our part. However, the latter is our contribution only to the extent that we submit to His grace and do not surrender the treasure nor extinguish the torch when it has been lighted. By this I mean that we contribute nothing which is either hostile to the life nor produces death. It is to this that all human good and virtue leads, that no one should draw the sword against himself, nor flee from happiness, nor toss the crowns of victory from off his head.*

*The Life in Christ

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