Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Friday with the Fathers

Colossians 3:10

The Transformation—Lactantius

The power of divine wisdom is so great that, when infused into one’s heart, it expels foolishness (the mother of all fault) by one impulse—once and for all. This wisdom doesn’t need payment, books, or nightly studies to come about. But the results are accomplished freely, easily, and quickly, if only ears are open and the heart thirsts for wisdom.

Don’t be afraid: we don’t sell water or offer the sun as a reward. The fountain of God, most abundant and full, is open to everyone. This heavenly light rises for everyone who has eyes.

Did the philosophers bring about these things, or can they accomplish these results if they want? For although they spend their lives studying philosophy, they can neither improve any person nor improve themselves.

Their wisdom at its best doesn’t eradicate, but actually hides faults. However, a few of God’s principles will change people so completely and make them new by having them put off their old selves so that you wouldn’t recognize them as the same.

Readings taken from Day by Day with the Early Church Fathers


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