Monday, November 27, 2006

St. Cyril on focus

I was able to finish up The Lamb's Supper this weekend and saw the following quote. In my opinion, one of the greatest gifts of studying patristics is that the Fathers often did not waste time mincing words and a spiritual shot to the gut is very often a good thing. Particularly in this day and age when it is so easy to become complacent. It's almost like having your favorite grandfather tell you to "stand up straight next time" - the response is almost reflexive.

But let no one come here, who could say with his mouth, “We lift up our hearts unto the Lord,” but in his thoughts have his mind concerned with the cares of this life. At all times, rather, God should be in our memory but if this is impossible by reason of human infirmity, in that hour above all this should be our earnest endeavour. (St. Cyril of Jerusalem, On the Mysteries V.)