Those who established panegyric festivals are justly praised for handing down such a fine custom to us where we make a peace treaty, break off any existing hostilities, and come together in the same place; after this, as we make prayers and sacrifices, we recall the common heritage we have with each other, establish our good- will toward each other for the future, and renew ancient ties of guest friendship and make new ones. The time spent here is not wasted, for either the private observer or the superior athlete, but in this gathering of the Greeks, the athletes come to display their good for- tune and the observers to see the athletes competing against each other; neither group is unmoved but each takes pride: the observers in seeing the athletes competing on their behalf and the athletes in knowing that all are there to see them compete. [Isocrates]
Carthage would be still around now and have stayed enough out of the axe of world history that Africa would have been a formidable force to deal with and that there would not have been slavery’; our fault as romans; to not realize the enemies we needed. How long did we lose? We lost much that much at least. What else must be done? Penace. Piety. Penace && Piety. I hate the lack of the important contents. [What Follows is Father Basil] and the daily penace for the evil we have wrath upon her; earth; Piety; less; but still; we chant;
‘lie before us like living images of God’s government, for our imitation of their good works. And so in whatever respect each one per- ceives himself deficient, if he devote himself to such imitation, he will discover there, as in the shop of a public physician, the specific remedy for his infirmity. The lover of chastity constantly peruses the story of Joseph, ‘
‘Again, if one considers how he may be at once meek and high-tempered, showing temper against sin, but meekness towards men, he will find David noble in the valiant exploits of war, but meek and dispassionate in the matter of requiting his enemies. ‘
‘Fortitude he learns from Job, who^ -svhen the condi- tions of liis hfe were reversed and he became in a moment of time poor instead of rich and childless when he had been blessed with fair children, remained the same, and always preserved his proud spirit unhumbled ; ‘’
“We thus become temples of (Jod whenever earthly cares cease to interrupt the continuity of our memory of Him, whenever unforeseen passions cease to dis- turb our minds, and the lover of God, escaping them all, retires to God, “
And, first of all, one should take heed not to be boorish in conversation, but to ask questions without contentiousness, and answer without self-display[St.Basil]
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