|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy:
"He, he, batiushka [little father]; he did it. I caught him. He
placed the bunch of burning straw to the barn in my presence.
Instead of running after him, I should have snatched the bunch of
burning straw and throwing it on the ground have stamped it out
with my feet; and then there would have been no fire."
"Ivan," said the old man, "death is fast approaching me, and
remember that you also will have to die. Who did this dreadful
thing? Whose is the sin?"
Ivan gazed at the noble face of his dying father and was silent.
His heart was too full for utterance.
"In the presence of God," the old man continued, "whose is the
The Kreutzer Sonata
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
to you in the infirmity of my flesh and in great temptation you were not at
all offended. On the contrary, you were so loving, so kind, so friendly
towards me, you received me like an angel, like Jesus Himself."
Indeed, the Galatians are to be commended for receiving the Gospel from a
man as unimposing and afflicted all around as Paul was. Wherever he
preached the Gospel, Jews and Gentiles raved against him. All the
influential and religious people of his day denounced him. But the
Galatians did not mind it. That was greatly to their honor. And Paul does
not neglect to praise them for it. This praise Paul bestows on none of the
other churches to which he wrote.
St. Jerome and others of the ancient fathers allege this infirmity of Paul's to
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
temples, thereby making this worthless and superfluous material
fit for service, and profitable. And the foul fiends that dwelt
in their altars and temples were rigorously chased away and put
to flight; and these, in the hearing of many, loudly lamented the
misfortune that had overtaken them. And all the region round
about was freed from their dark deceit, and illuminated with the
light of the blameless Christian faith.
And, soothly, the king was a good example to all; and he inflamed
and kindled the hearts of many to be of the same mind with
himself. For such is the nature of authority. Its subjects
alway conform to its likeness, and are wont to love the same