Saturday, January 14, 2017

St. Hilary: precursor to eternity

Saturday, January 14, 2017
    Commemoration of Richard Meux Benson, Founder of the Society of St John the Evangelist, 1915
    The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
    —1 Corinthians 15:26 (KJV)
    [Continued from yesterday]
    In this calm assurance of safety did my soul gladly and hopefully take its rest, and feared so little the interruption of death, that death seemed only a name for eternal life. And the life of this present body was so far from seeming a burden or affliction that it was regarded as children regard their alphabets, sick men their draughts, shipwrecked sailors their swim, young men the training for their profession, future commanders their first campaign; that is, as an endurable submission to present necessities, bearing the promise of a blissful immortality.
    ... St. Hilary (ca. 300-367?), On the Trinity, in A Select Library of Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, second series, v. IX, Philip Schaff & Henry Wace, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1902, p. 44 (see the book)
    See also 1 Cor. 15:26; Isa. 25:7-8; Hos. 13:14; 2 Cor. 4:17-18; Rev. 21:4
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, this time in my body is the beginning of eternity.
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