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Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul Ascetic Discourses, 1st series, 72 (translated from the French: Touraille, DDB 1981, p. 365) “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Monday of the Seventh week in Ordinary Time

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Isaac the Syrian (7th century), monk near Mosul 
Ascetic Discourses, 1st series, 72 (translated from the French: Touraille, DDB 1981, p. 365)

                        “I believe; help my unbelief!”

Faith is the gateway to the mysteries. What the eyes of the body are for palpable things, faith is for the hidden eyes of the soul. The Fathers say that just as our body has two eyes, so our soul has two spiritual eyes, and each one has its own vision. Through one eye, we see the secrets of God’s glory hidden in the beings of God’s creation, which is to say, God’s power, his wisdom, and his eternal providence, which surrounds us and which we understand when we consider the greatness of the heights to which God leads us. With that same eye, we also contemplate the celestial orders, the angels, our companions and fellow servants (Rev 22:9).

And with the other eye we contemplate the glory of God’s holiness, when he wants to make us enter into his spiritual mysteries and when he opens up the ocean of faith to our intelligence.

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