Friday, March 7, 2014

A Voice from the Past - Gregory the Great

For those who prosper in what they desire in temporal matters are to be admonished, when all things answer to their wishes, lest, through fixing their heart on what is given, they neglect to seek the giver; lest they love their pilgrimage instead of their country; lest they turn the supplies for their journey into hindrances to their arrival at its end; lest delighted with the light of the moon by night, they shrink from beholding the clearness of the sun. 

Gregory the Great, 540-604 AD, Pastoral Rule, Part III, Chapter XXVI (translated by Rev. James Barmby, The Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Second Series, Vol. XII, Philip Schaff and Henry Wace, T & T Clark and Wm. B Eerdmans Publishing, 1997, p.55)

Is there a danger of ignoring God in times of prosperity? How can that be avoided?


  1. I guess it depends on the definition. One man's prosperity is another's misfortune.