The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:|
the Maker and preserver of all things; and in unanswerable
language thou hast shown me that the glory of his majesty is
incomprehensible to human reasonings, and that no man is able to
attain thereto, except those to whom, by his behest, he revealeth
it. Wherefore am I lost in amaze at thine eloquent wisdom.
"But tell me, good Sir, of what age thou art, and in what manner
of place is thy dwelling, and who are thy fellow philosophers;
for my soul hangeth fast on thine, and fain would I never be
parted from thee all the days of my life."
The elder said, "Mine age is, as I reckon, forty and five years,
and in the deserts of the land of Senaar do I dwell. For my