Monday, April 6, 2009

Theodoret of Cyrus: Providence and Prayer

Rejoice always (v. 16), in poverty and infirmity, when cribbed, cabined and confined. Pray without ceasing (v.17): this is not something impossible; it is easy when dining to sing God's praises, and when on a journey to ask for divine help. In everything give thanks (v.18), not only in prosperity but also in problems; God in his munificence know what is best. After all, this is God's will in Christ Jesus for you; he could easily allay every storm, but he wants to procure our salvation through the tempest.

- Theodoret of Cyrus (around A.D. 393 to around A.D. 457), Commentary on the First Letter to the Thessalonians, Chapter 5, in Theodoret of Cyrus, Commentary on the Letters of St. Paul, Volume 2, p. 120 (2001), Robert C. Hill translator.