Wednesday, 10 October 2012

suffering as stirring

... the wicked, under pressure of affliction, execrate God and blaspheme; the good, in the same affliction, offer up prayers  and  praises. This shows that what matters is the nature of the sufferer not the nature of the sufferings. Stir a cesspit, and a foul stench arises; stir a perfume, and a delightful fragrance ascends. But the movement is identical.  (p14 City of God (Penguin Classics)

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