The further we get into the Evergetinos, the more we are poised to begin to understand something important: our pursuit of virtue, such as obedience, is rooted first and foremost in our love and desire for God. We embrace the ascetical life, we embrace very difficult practices and and pursue virtue, not as a test of endurance. It is a response to a love and a desire deeply rooted within our hearts. The grace of God begins to allow us to comprehend that we are heirs of the kingdom, that we are sons and daughters of God. To pursue this path outside of this context is to make ourselves the most pitiable of all creatures. To embrace all, even the hatred of the world for the love of Christ is most beautiful and precious of things.
Text of chat during the group:
00:12:04 FrDavid Abernethy: page 290 paragraph 6
00:42:10 Anthony: Is this why there are numerous examples of the monastics in tears, but little about the sacrament of Confession? Because they saw their hearts and were in a state of grief and contrition?
00:42:55 Lee Graham: “Love and do what you will.” Augustine (354-430). A sermon on love. St Aurelius Augustine Sermon on 1 John 4:4-12.
00:44:10 carol nypaver: I thought it was “Love God, then do as you please.” ?
00:59:19 Ambrose Little, OP: See #8 here for the St. Augustine quote in context: https://www.newadvent.org/fathers/170207.htm
01:01:19 Anthony: Then St. Francis of Assisi was a marble pillar - almost a Fool for Christ, but so joyful and at times profoundly mournful
01:03:11 Anthony: Did saints like Francis and Philp Neri have elders or were they directly inspired?
01:03:12 Ambrose Little, OP: You mean he didn’t publish a blog about how wrong the Holy Father was?? 😄
01:07:19 Anthony: Well in our time we were not brought up with the saints. We were brought up with revolutionaries, with men who bent society to their will - with ambitious men, and THIS is virtue to us when we are young.
01:10:15 Ambrose Little, OP: Independence and Liberty are the chief American virtues.
01:15:52 Ambrose Little, OP: May you be saved!
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