24 May 2008

On Loving God

This quote comes from Basil the Great, in his "Detailed Rules for Monks," Resp. 2, 1 (cited in Wright, Readings for the Daily Office from the Early Church, p. 249). What a great response to the Festival Half of the Church Year (Advent - Easter) that we have just finished, and what a way to round out this week of celebrating the Holy Trinity!
What, I ask, is more wonderful than the beauty of God? What thought is more pleasing and satisfying than God's majesty? What desire is as urgent and overpowering as the desire implanted by God in a soul that is completely purified os sin and cries out in its love: "I am wounded by love"? The radiance of the divine beauty is altogether beyond the power of words to describe.

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