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Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers, Vol. III:
Moral Treatises of St. Augustin: Section 22

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22. But the pleasure of the Creator, of which is written, “And from the river of Thy pleasure wilt Thou give them to drink,” 2687 is of far other kind, for it is not, like us, a creature. Unless then its love be given to us from thence there is no source whence it may be in us. And consequently, a good will, by which we love God, cannot be in man, save in whom God also worketh to will. This good will therefore, that is, a will faithfully subjected to God, 2688 a will set on fire by sanctity of that ardor which is above, a will which loves God and his neighbor for God’s sake; whether through love, of which the Apostle Peter makes answer, “Lord, Thou knowest that I love Thee;” 2689 whether through fear, of which says the Apostle Paul, “In fear and trembling work out your own salvation;” 2690 whether through joy, of which he says, “In hope rejoicing, in tribulation patient;” 2691 whether through sorrow, with which he says he had great grief for his brethren; 2692 in whatever way it endure what bitterness and hardships soever, it is the love of God which “endureth all things,” 2693 and which is not shed abroad in our hearts but by the Holy Spirit given unto us. 2694 Whereof piety makes no manner of doubt, but, as the charity of them which holily love, so the patience of them which piously endure, is the gift of God. For it cannot be that the divine Scripture deceiveth or is deceived, which not only in the Old Books hath testimonies of this thing, when it is said unto God, “My Patience art Thou,” and, “From Him is my p. 535 patience;” 2695 and where another prophet saith, that we receive the spirit of fortitude; 2696 but also in the Apostolic writings we read, “Because unto you is given on behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but to suffer for Him.” 2697 Therefore let not that make the mind to be as of its own merit uplifted, wherewith he is told that he is of Another’s mercy gifted.



Ps. 36.9Ps. xxxvi. 9


Phil. 2.13Phil. ii. 13


John 21.15John xxi. 15


Phil. 2.12Phil. ii. 12


Rom. 12.12Rom. xii. 12


Rom. 9.2Rom. ix. 2


1 Cor. 13.71 Cor. xiii. 7


Rom. 5.5Rom. v. 5


Ps. 71:5, Ps. 62:5Ps. lxxi. 5; and lxii. 5


Isa. 11.2Is. xi. 2


Phil. 1.29Phil. i. 29

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