We all use and enjoy material goods in our daily lives, and most of us simply couldn't get by without them. And there's nothing wrong with that, as long as the desire for material goods doesn't control us and our actions. Materialism becomes an obstacle when we start allowing things or the desire for things to control us, to keep us focused on things outside ourselves rather than on things that would be truly beneficial to us, such as our spiritual development, our relationships, our learning, our peace of mind. Materialism is a distraction.
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Philosophers indeed, who are accounted animals of some considerable wisdom, assign it so high a place, that, while they are mutually at discord with the various fancies of their sects and rivalries of their sentiments, yet, having a community of regard for patience alone, to this one of their pursuits they have joined in granting peace: Or is it rather an injury, in that a thing divine is bandied among worldly sciences?
He did not break the bruised reed; the smoking flax He did not quench: No one's table or roof did He despise: He cared for the ungrateful; He yielded to His ensnarers.
And so, too, He cursed for the time to come the works of the sword; and, by the restoration of health, made satisfaction to him whom Himself had not hurt, through Patience, the mother of Mercy.
He is spitted on, scourged, derided, clad foully, more foully crowned. He who had set before Him the concealing of Himself in man's shape, imitated nought of man's impatience!
Hence, even more than from any other trait, ought ye, Pharisees, to have recognised the Lord. Patience of this kind none of men would achieve.
Obedient Imitation is Founded on Patience. Do we hesitate to listen diligently to Him to whom alone we are subjectedthat is, the Lord? But how unjust is it, how ungrateful likewise, not to repay from yourself the same which, through the indulgence of your neighbour, you obtain from others, to him through whom you obtain it!
Lest, however, we seem to have inserted remarks on obedience 30 as something irrelevant, let us remember that obedience itself is drawn from patience. Never does an impatient man render it, or a patient fail to find pleasure 31 in it. By means of which considerations both commendation and exhortation 34 on the subject of patience are briefly, and as it were in the compendium of a prescriptive rule, established.
In edification no loquacity is base, if it be base at any time. For you will throw more light on what is to be pursued, if you first give a digest of what is to be avoided.
The discord of things is the same as the discord of their authors. Further, since God is best, the devil on the contrary worst, of beings, by their own very diversity they testify that neither works for 38 the other; so that anything of good can no more seem to be effected for us by the Evil One, than anything of evil by the Good.
Accordingly he deceived him, because he had envied him; but he had envied because he had grieved: Whence came the first indignation in God, thence came His first patience; who, content at that time with malediction only, refrained in the devil's case from the instant infliction 43 of punishment.
Innocent he was, and in intimate friendship with God, and the husbandman 44 of paradise. But when once he succumbed to impatience, he quite ceased to be of sweet savour 45 to God; he quite ceased to be able to endure things celestial. For that very thing which had immersed Adam and Eve in death, taught their son, too, to begin with murder.
But how great presently were her augmentations! And no wonder, if she has been the first delinquent, it is a consequence that, because she has been the first, therefore she is the only parent stem, 47 too, to every delinquency, pouring down from her own fount various veins of crimes.
For whether from private enmities, or for the sake of prey, any one perpetrates that wickedness, 50 the earlier step is his becoming impatient of 51 either the hatred or the avarice.
Who ever committed adultery without impatience of lust? Moreover, if in females the sale of their modesty is forced by the price, of course it is by impatience of contemning gain 52 that this sale is regulated.
In order that each individual may become evil he will be unable to persevere 56 in being good.One primary impediment to the reconciliation of Protestants and Catholics concerns the doctrine of justification.
Protestants endorse justification by faith alone (sola fide), while the Council of Trent condemned justification by faith alone.(Session 6, Canon 9) The question I ask here is this: Is there any Biblical evidence for “justification by faith alone”?
An Online Encyclopedia of Roman Rulers. DIR Atlas AUGUSTUS (31 B.C. - 14 A.D.) [Additional entry on this emperor's life is available in DIR Archives]. Garrett G. Fagan Pennsylvania State University. Introduction Augustus is arguably the single most important figure in Roman history.
The deliberate union of so great and various a people in such a place, is without all partiality or prejudice, if not the greatest exertion of human understanding, the greatest single effort of national deliberation that the world has ever seen.
In this open letter to doubters of the Latter-day Saint faith, the well-known author Terryl Givens does not attempt direction to resolve uncertainties and.
By: User of leslutinsduphoenix.com Illegal Gratification: It is defined as taking gratification other than legal remuneration in respect of an official act.
Gratification is not limited to pecuniary gratifications or to gratifications estimable in money. I have long called myself a social conservative. I think it is very important to have standards for behaviour (etiquette) and defined roles.
The problems with this system is not that it exists, but the lack of flexibility and the value placed on them.